Pirate’s Booty Waiting to be Found
Unfound Treasures Below the Sea
To this day, the vast seas hide pirate’s booty. Thanks to the Spanish galleons loaded with gold and silver from the New World, the Carribean pirate heyday lasted 100 years—from the early 1600s to the early 1700s. Today’s treasure hunters own amazing tools and resources that allow them to find even the sea’s most hidden pirate’s booty. The experts estimate that there are “billions” of dollars still hidden in shipwrecks. But it takes a boatload of money to launch an expedition in search of all that gold, silver, emeralds, pearls, and more.
Sometimes the Treasure Comes to You
Florida’s Treasure Coast is called a “treasure coast” for a reason. Spanish sea captains were well aware of hurricanes, but they often made stupid decisions or were forced to sail against their better judgment. Sometimes, they were simply caught by surprise. A hurricane or an occasional powerful storm was enough to take Spanish galleons down with their men and their treasures. Pirates, too, lost their stolen booty along the Florida coast. From the hidden depths of the sea, their treasure sometimes washes in with the tide. Stories of people combing the Treasure Coast for seashells and finding gold instead, sometimes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, are not as uncommon as you’d think.
Is A Pirate’s Life For You?
There is something about the lives of pirates and pirate’s booty that excite us even today. A pirate’s daring, sense of adventure, and cunning are just some of the reasons why we are still fascinated with pirates and the treasures they stole. We can imagine the dread sea captains must have felt as Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, with his hair aflame approached their ship. Blackbeard, though feared, was not the greatest pirate. Bartholomew Roberts, a Welshman known as “Black Bart,” trumped all of Blackbeard’s accomplishments. Historians estimate that Black Bart captured over 400 vessels. Black Bart even had his own fleet of pirate ships. “Me thinks that’s quite impressive, landlubber! Arrr!”
Did Pirates Steal Pirate’s Booty From Each Other?
You may think that pirates, being the thugs of the 15th and 16th centuries, would have no problems stealing from each other but you’re wrong. Pirates had a strong sense of fellowship. Those daring escapades at sea required a lot of cooperation. Pirates even had a code of honor that, when broken, lead to severe punishments like being dragged by a rope under the ship. If they were going to plan a theft, they’d want to steal from the captain’s booty. The captain was the man in power, and the lion’s share of stolen treasures went to him.
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