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Date:9/20/2014 7:25:44 PM
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Let's Turn the Globe To A Place....
that will be familiar to many of you. Not only will we turn the globe but our hour glasses too. We are going to be looking at the Caribbean Sea Pirates

When the Spanish became very active in this region of the world, "The NEW World" many were calling it.
In 1523, Jean Fleury was the first to seize 2 Spanish treasure ships filled with Aztec gold heading back to their homeland. The word got out to the other opportunists that this was a greyt place for acquiring some wealth! Being that in these times it takes a while to get information back & forth, the real age of piracy in the Caribbean was from 1560 to the mid 1720's.

The time which pirates were most successful was from 1700 until the 1730s. Many pirates came to the Caribbean after the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. They stayed in the Caribbean & became pirates. Others, the buccaneers, arrived in the mid-to-late 17th century & made attempts at earning a living by farming & hunting on Hispaniola & nearby islands. It were a sad time, matey's when they became landlubbers! But they were pressed by Spanish raids & possibly failure of their means of making a living (wild herds having been deliberately wiped out by the Spanish) they turned to a more lucrative occupation. Caribbean piracy arose out of, & on a smaller scale mirrored, the conflicts over trade & colonization among the rival European powers of the time including the empires of Britain, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal & France. Most of these pirates were of English, Dutch & French origin, but occasionally Spaniards turned to piracy as well. Because Spain controlled most of the Caribbean, many of the attacked cities and ships belonged to the Spanish Empire & along the East coast of America & the West coast of Africa. Dutch ships captured about 500 Spanish & Portuguese ships between 1623 and 1638. Some of the best-known pirate bases were New Providence, in the Bahamas from 1715 to 1725, Tortuga established in the 1640s and Port Royal after 1655. Among the most famous Caribbean pirates are Edward Teach or Blackbeard, Calico Jack Rackham, Henry Morgan & Bartholomew Roberts. Another famous pirate of this era was Hendrick Lucifer, who fought for hours to acquire Cuban gold, becoming mortally wounded in the process. He died of his wounds hours after having transferred the booty to his ship. Most pirates were eventually hunted down by the Royal Navy & killed or captured; several battles were fought between the brigands & the colonial powers on both land & sea.

Aye, me matey's! Ye remember sailing the waters of the Dry Tortugas, right? Nary a drop of drinkable water be there! But many a reef to keep a ship guarded. Unless they happen to have them long range guns! GAARRRR!!! Load them UP, Mr. Arthur Alex & fire at will!

I'll be seein' ye tomorrow as we continue Pirate History. Thank'ye kindly fer yer time & vote.
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