A Pirate at Port Royal in 1679

By Michael Pearson & David Buissenet, published August 1971


Whilst researching the history of seventeenth century Port Royal in the Caribbean, Pearson and Buissenet discovered a 1679 letter in the Longleat House archive. The letter from Governor Carlisle to Secretary of State Henry Coventry detailed the events surrounding the capture, and subsequent escape, of a local pirate, Captain Sawkins. Nothing more is known of Sawkins or his activities but the consequences for some of the officials involved in the debacle are provided. The article describes the taking of pirate Captain Sawkins, and his subsequent escape, together with robust recommendations on how to deal with the problem of pirates in the Caribbean.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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