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Buccaneer Pirate Havens

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Buccaneer Pirate Havens

Golden Age of Piracy - Chapter Decoration


As much as the propaganda machine of the 18th century was turned against the pirates, the British Empire was very much scared of the possibility that the pirates would establish their own Commonwealth in the West Indies given the military superiority they had. This never materialized, but would have made for interesting history.Here are a list of the most famous pirate havens of the 17th and 18th centuries.


See Tortuga

Pirate Havens - Tortuga Map (17th Century)

Tortuga was a classical buccaneer haven in the 17th century situated off of the island of Hispaniola. A rocky, easily defendable island pirates quickly adopted this as their home base with which to easily assault the passing Spanish Treasure Fleets in the 17th century.

Port Royal

See Port Royal

Pirate Havens - Tortuga

Port Royal, known in infamy around the world at the time was another major pirate haven in the West Indies and lasted until it was tragically destroyed by the 1692 Port Royal Earthquake. The destruction of Port Royal and the decline of Tortuga in the later half of the 17th century signaled the end of the buccaneering era.

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