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The British Crown's biggest business

Piracy in 17th century America


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Port Royal, the pirate city


The biggest, richest English city in the New World of the 17th century was a place called Port Royal in Jamaica. An earthquake and tsunami destroyed it.

It was chartered by the British Crown specifically to serve as a base of operations for piracy against the Spanish.

Early New World history can be summed up in a few short sentences:

The Spanish stole from the Native people, the British stole from the Spanish, and when the gold and silver ran out, they started dealing in slaves and prison camp plantations.

It's not as inspiring at the Pilgrim's landing on Plymouth rock.

Alcoholic sadists committing crimes in the service of their governments while lining their own pockets. Kind of sounds like today's CIA, doesn't it?

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