In 1979, I received a treasure hunt book as a gift and became fascinated by the story and artwork. In the autumn of 2010, I lent the book to another friend and on its return took another look. As I opened it , the thought immediately hit me that  Stephen Gibb and I could join forces and do something similar to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. We met and discussed storylines, creating a ficticious story based on fact and centred on the War of 1812. We wanted it to be fun and to encourage family participation, so included riddles, poetry, quotes from history on war and peace and just some fun quotes.

As I began to research, I realized that this could become a great educational tool and this became the focus.  Although the story focuses on Amherstburg and its surroundings, it is important to note that it is not necessary for the reader to travel to Amherstburg to find the answers. By engaging in a little research, a study of the story, artwork, quotes, riddles and poetry, the puzzle can be solved just as easily by someone living in Japan as someone who resides in Amherstburg.

We have worked very hard to acquire accurate information and have been able to compile it in a such way to be of interest to you the reader. We have only scratched the surface of the War of 1812 but it is our hope that it is enough to encourage you to research more, for it is indeed a fascinating read.
                                                                                                    - Dennis White

What were people were searching for?

The riddles, poetry, quotes and artwork all contain information that when put together led to solving the puzzle and to a document entitling  to the grand prize-the treasure. The first person to correctly solve the puzzle, received the Golden Key that opened a treasure worth over $10,000 CAD.

How was the winner determined?

Solutions were emailed to the author with instructions to be very specific. No one else had access to the answers. Emails were electronically timed and dated, so entries were chronically logged in sequence.