Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island in 1881. Robert Louis Stevenson published a fictional tale of adventure about an expedition to an unnamed Caribbean island to recover a treasure that had been buried there in 1750. The map that was in Stevenson's Treasure Island book was drawn by him and his father and is probably the most famous treasure map in the world. It is set in the days of sailing ships and pirates and tells of the adventures of Jim Hawkins and his search for the buried treasure of an evil pirate, Captain Flint. ... Jim finds a map in Billy's sea chest just before Blind Pew returns with a band of evil pirates. Treasure Island, located along the Gulf of Mexico, boasts white sandy beaches, pristine waters, welcoming hotels, unique restaurants and family-friendly attractions make it the perfect destination for your next vacation.