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Treasure Islands

The book Treasure Islands, by Rosemary Kingsland. it lists fifteen 16 treasure islands:

1. La Plata, Ecuador, Pacific Ocean;
2. Elba, Italy, Mediterranean Sea;
3. Auckland Islands, New Zealand, South Pacific Ocean;
4. Tortuga, Haiti, Caribbean Sea;
5. Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire, USA, Atlantic Ocean.
6. Mahé, Seychelles, Indian Ocean.
7. Mauritius, Mascarene Islands, Indian Ocean.
8. Balambangan, Borneo, South China Sea.
9. Trinidad, Brazil, South Atlantic Ocean.
10. Aruba, Venezuela, Antilles Islands, Caribbean Sea.
11. Grigan, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
12. Taumatos, Polynesia, south Pacific Ocean.
13. Lord Howe Island.
14. Plum Island Nova Scotia, Atlantic Ocean.
15. Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Ocean.
16. Caldy Island, South Wales Bristol channel.


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