Pirates are a bit like knights: they fascinate. Kids and adults alike love to be the outlaws of the seas and it’s even worse since the worldwide success of the Disney franchise with Johnny Depp. Films that have revived piracy, shedding light on areas of the Caribbean today stormed by tourists. But precisely where to go when you love pirates? Journey in 10 steps …
1. Port Royal (Jamaica)
In the past, Port Royal was the true capital of piracy. It was here that most of the British naval actions were decided in the West Indies. Victories were celebrated there, and bad things were fomented. Many French and Spanish ships paid the price. It is therefore not for nothing if the saga Pirates of the Caribbean takes place in part.
2. The Turtle Island (Haiti)
It was during the golden age of pirates, in the seventeenth century, that the activity was the strongest on this island shaped turtle. Many French buccaneers (the island then belonged to France, before being returned to Haiti) and Spanish lived there and it is still possible today to learn a ray about them by exploring the region.
This island saw the confrontation of many pirates, much to the chagrin of the indigenous populations who were often caught between several fires. Several ships were damaged on its shores which thus saw their batch of deadly battles. Pirates of the Caribbean was shot there.
4. Nassau (Bahamas)
The capital of the Bahamas was a landmark for many famous pirates like Blackbeard and Jack Rackham, aka Calico Jack. Pirates who, because of their number, forced many natives to leave the island, leaving the field free to the most total anarchy. Later, the British government launched an operation to subdue or destroy the pirates. This did not prevent him also from using those who agreed to make an agreement to attack the Spanish and French boats. In Nassau where pirates are everywhere today for the pleasure of tourists.
5. Havana (Cuba)
A major commercial port in the 16th century, Havana was regularly targeted by pirates, who tried to burn it several times, forcing the Spanish government to install fortifications.
It is strongly recommended to dive close to the coast of Barbados which saw a lot of ships run aground. Now inhabited by fish, these wrecks are an amazing playground for explorers … And too bad if we do not find only boats of the sixteenth.