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The Theory That Connects Christopher Columbus To The Curse Of Oak Island

"The Curse of Oak Island" is home to several different theories and several different potential paydays. There is speculation that the small remote island off of the coast of Canada contains a hidden bounty of treasure and ancient artifacts, which may have potentially come from pirates, the Knights Templar, or even a far-reaching outpost of the Aztec Empire. Whatever is there, the Lagina brothers and their intrepid crew of diggers and archaeologists will find it, if there is indeed a secretive and obscured collection of historical significance.

With nine current seasons, "The Curse of Oak Island" has managed to find a few archaeological items, including a speculative Knights Templar cross, a brooch that may be connected to Marie Antoinette's long-lost jewelry, and coins and other anthropological knickknacks. The crew of "Oak Island" have yet to come across their coveted bounty, but another theory connects Christopher Columbus, Oak Island, and the famous Ark of the Covenant.

An Oak Island theory claims that Columbus brought the Ark of the Covenant to the island

The theory, as postulated by researcher Jeff Irving in Season 3, Episode 9, "Columbus Day," goes that Christopher Columbus was connected to the Knights Templar and that he was ordered to take the Ark of the Covenant from Jerusalem to Oak Island for safekeeping (via History). The Ark of the Covenant is a vessel containing the stone tablets that have the Ten Commandants emblazoned upon them, and it is immensely significant within the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

This is of course just a theory set forth, and the crew of "Oak Island" have little in support of such wild speculation. The Book of Exodus instructs Moses to build the Ark of the Covenant to house the Ten Commandments he will be given on Mount Sinai (Exodus 25:10-22). After its creation, it was carried by a special priest caste known as the Levites during the 40 years of wandering and eventually taken to Jerusalem by King David and placed in Solomon's Temple, where its ultimate fate remains unknown (via Britannica). This only helps fuel the mystery surrounding the biblical artifact's final resting place and increases the motivation of the "Oak Island" treasure hunters.