treasure pirates

It is impossible to think of one without the other, after all wasnt that one reason that sailors gave up their legitimate careers to go on the account?

A single Spanish doubloon was the equivalent of seven weeks pay for a sailor.

Thanks, in part, to Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure Island, we also associate pirates with buried treasure.

In reality, few real sea rogues held onto their plunder long enough to secrete it away for a rainy day.

Most preferred to spend it on wine, women, and/or cards.

Sir Francis Drake, however, did bury some treasure, albeit for a short time.

He and his men attacked a mule train at Nombre de Dios.

On their arrival back at the coast, they discovered that a flotilla of Spanish ships had forced the pirate vessels to flee.

Drake buried the gold and silver, then left a few men behind to guard the treasure, while he and the others set sail on a makeshift raft to locate their ships.

Six hours later, those vessels picked up their mates and returned to where Drake had buried the treasure.

Once they retrieved it, the ships returned to England.

Captain Kidd was one of the lucky pirates who acquired a tidy sum of treasure after attacking a ship.