What is the setting and climax of Treasure Island?

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The setting of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island primarily takes place on a deserted island (probably located in the Caribbean Sea). The story begins on the southwest coast of England, moves to the British seaport of Bristol, and then picks up on the island where they hope to find the buried treasure. In the end, Jim Hawkins and his friends sail north to the Americas before returning to England--where they will enjoy their new-found wealth.

The climax of the story comes when Long John Silver finally discovers the site of the buried treasure. The treasure is gone, however: Unbeknownst to the pirates, the booty had already been discovered by Ben Gunn and hidden in his cave. The pirates rebel against Silver; but Silver kills one before the group is dispersed by the arrival of Jim and his friends. Leaving the pirates behind, the men scamper toward the Hispaniola and sail away from Treasure Island--along with the gold.