Thursday, September 27, 2007

Morgan's Cove

Copyright Bill Reed 2007

Sir Henry Morgan - 1635-1688 was a Welsh privateer who became leader of the buccaneers. He was among Englands most notorious and succesful privateers.

Now, what is the difference between a privateer, a buccaneer and a pirate? A privateer is authorized by a country to raid another country's ships during wartime and share the booty with the host country. A pirate is basically a robber on the high seas. Buccaneers were cattle theives native to the Caribean area, named after the french word boucanier. The Spainish forces didn't cater to the theives and drove them from Hispaniola to a small island called Tortuga. From there they were joined by many others and to get even, turned to piracy against anybody that sailed by. Buccaneers and pirates became synonymous.

Morgan was chosen by buccaneers to be their admiral after seizing the islands of Santa Catalina and Providence. His exploites soon became legendary as his forces grew to hundreds of men.
This painting is 16"x20" acrylic on stretched canvas. $425.00
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