The History and Mathematics of Codes and Code Breaking

Episode 6 – The Buzzard

by Shalin Naik

Olivier Levasseur was a ruthless and cunning pirate that terrorized the seas earning him the title La Buse: The Buzzard. Along with being a pirate, La Buse was highly educated and created a cipher to hide his 500 million Euro treasure he had pirated from a Bishop from France. His cipher has become one of the most confusing artifacts from the pirate times and has led one man to the edges of the Seychelles Archipelago trying to find it.


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Burridge, G. (10 August 2012). The Buzzard’s hoard: The fabulous, undiscovered pirate treasure of Seychelles. Retrieved from…e-of-seychelles/

Tiburcio, M. (2012). Prying Open the Pigpen Cipher. Retrieved from…he-pigpen-cipher/




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1 Comment

  1. Tyrone

    You can contact me if you want an update on the search.

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