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Pirate, Galleons, and TreasureBethany Van PeltID: 150565160HI 127Dr. Jeff GrishowFebruary 25, 2016
Pirates ruled the seas for over 250 years dating back as early as the 1400s. This sparked tension between countries and colonies. Pirates were terrorizing the seas, fighting for the riches of the New World, creating a culture of greed which brought about the murders of thousands of people. The film we watched covers the lives of notorious pirates such as: Sir Francis Drake, Calico Jack, and Anne Boney to name a few. Though piracy was a short-lived time period, the legacy it has left on the world is quite significant. The film take us through the history of piracy in the Caribbean. The film covered many pirates including Sir Francis Drake, Henry Morgan, Calico Jack, and two female pirates: Mary Read and Anne Boney. The story of Sir Francis Drake began in England where he was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I to set out to the New World and bring back riches. To the Spanish he was the worst pirate to sail the seas, as he took so much from them. The Spanish had set up mule trains carrying riches of gold and silver between Panama and their main port, Portobello. Drake, along with his men and a number of local Cimaroons, successfully ambushed the Spanish mule trains, guarded by 300 Spanish soldiers anda number of slaves, and each mule carrying around 200 pounds of silver. After Drake defeated the Spanish, he stocked his ships, and buried the silver he couldn’t carry so he could come back for it later. Drake was famous for circumnavigating the globe and for his large raids, his largest being in Ecuador, where he raided the Spanish ship Cagafuego. Soon after he set out against the Spanish in Puerto Rico, but was defeated. He died in Portobello, and was buried at sea.Henry Morgan started off as a Privateer for the Royal Navy. After Spain and England had come to terms in a peace treaty, Morgan ignored the treaty and continued to become one of the most notorious pirates. He had 2000 men and they attacked Panama City. It was a rich city and 60% of all city in the Americas passed through the city. Apparently, he sent his pistol and a letter
to the governor saying he would pick them up in a year, but three years later, after losing half of his men while marching through the forest, he attacked the City. He beat the Spanish and gained