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Where is the start of Treasure Island set?

TL;DR: The opening chapters of Treasure Island make it clear that the "Admiral Benbow" must be within a few miles of Lynmouth in Devon. Stevenson wrote a detailed account of the writing of ...
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Was Stevenson's Treasure Island influenced by Poe?

Stevenson's admission of the earlier stories and authors he'd plagiarised borrowed ideas from comes in My First Book - his little-known preface to Treasure Island, first published in McClure's ...
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Who was Long John Silver based on?

William Ernest Henley. Per Andrzej Diniejko, in William Ernest Henley: A Biographical Sketch: Robert Louis Stevenson modelled the most famous pirate in literature — Treasure Island's Long John ...
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How many members of Captain Flint's crew are known?

Billy Bones (first mate) Confirmed from his own mouth: "I was first mate, I was, old Flint's first mate, and I'm the on'y one as knows the place. He gave it me at Savannah, when he lay a-dying, ...
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How could the current bear the coracle southward, if the current was northwards earlier?

As far as I can tell, it does seem that you've uncovered an inconsistency or mis-writing on Stevenson's part. Let's analyse the whole journey carefully, using a map of Treasure Island for reference: ...
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Long John Silver, "you may lay to that"

“Lay” has meant “put down or deposit as a bet, wager” since the 13th century. The earliest citation in the OED is from Floris and Blancheflour: Ȝerne he wule þe bidde and preie Þat þu legge þe cupe ...
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How many members of Captain Flint's crew are known?

Allardyce, he was the skeletor compass. And Darby McGraw.
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