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"My desire was not to pass any island without taking possession, so that, one having been taken, the same may be said of all. "
Columbus named Tortuga near the coast of Haiti. He saw the sides of it in the early morning light and decided that it was like the back of a turtle.
Tor•tu•ga (tɔrˈtu gə) n.
an island off the N coast of and belonging to Haiti: formerly a pirate stronghold. 70 sq. mi. (180 sq. km).
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
The island is a shell of what it used to be, you can't get there but by local ferryman. It's only trees, and sand now. But, who knows what you might find beneath the sand on this once infested pirate stronghold.
Considering privateering has always been a lifelong dream of mine, ever since I watched Captain Blood with Errol Flynn. If you don't know it, then you might remember a scene in Goonies where they slide down a sail and scream "Hey you guys!" it's from the Errol Flynn movie. I am a historian first, and a unique seeker of facts second. So, for today's travel inspiration I considered pirate islands. It's getting close to island time anyway. If you want to see some places that real pirates actually inhabited then check out the rest of this post. You might want to watch a little of Black Sails as well before you go off into uncharted waters.
Port Royal, a bloodthirsty and bawdy place.
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