Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel, Treasure Island, begins in southwest England, moves to the Caribbean, then on to Savannah, Georgia and, finally, back to the West Country of England. The site of the actual Treasure Island is probably based upon the small, uninhabited island of Dead Man's Chest (or Dead Chest Island) in the present day British Virgin Islands. Blackbeard the pirate supposedly isolated a group of mutinous crew members on Dead Chest with a single bottle of rum--thus the origins of the famed sea shanty.
Treasure Island is one of the greatest pirate stories ever told, and it has been retold and used as the basis for many films, including the recent Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean series. Action, murder, deceit, and tropical climes are just a few of the alluring attributes of the novel.