Pirates in Jamaica

Wilson, Amber
January 2004
Jamaica: The People;2004, p9
This article provides information about the pirates that sailed the waters of Jamaica in the 17th century. In the mid 1600s, pirates raided Spanish ships that sailed through the Caribbean, stealing gold, jewels, and weapons. The pirates were from France, England, Denmark, and other countries. They often landed at Port Royal, a settlement on Jamaica's southern coast, to get supplies and to have their ships cleaned and repaired. The most famous pirate was actually a privateer, authorized by the British government to attack and capture enemy ships and ports. Henry Morgan (1635-1688) was a British naval officer who stole from Spanish ships and settlements, and gave a percentage to the British government during Britain's war in Spain.


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