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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.
By the gods of sea and sky! Make Way for Tortuga!
Besides Port Royal, Tortuga was the second sibling. There were safety measures in place and piracy abounded. People lived in lascivious piracy, there were prostitutes, drunkenness and a line of division between the french and spanish who were fighting for control of the island. Sea dogs passed by the island, drawn by its opportunity for more piracy.
How to get there.
You will be venturing into a place with little tourism, which is perfect for you to embark on a soul seeking pirate history journey! You have to get to Haiti first, then negotiate a boat ride and get a tour guide.
DANGER: Drug smugglers are rumored to still use the island. Just an FYI.
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