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Capt. Morgan's lost fleet found?

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posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 04:58 PM
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Capt. Morgan's lost fleet found?

It may not be a $500 million golden hoard, but underwater archaeologists are nevertheless excited about finding what they believe are traces of the five ships that British privateer Henry Morgan lost off the coast of Panama in 1671.


The discovery was made at the mouth of Panama's Chagres River, near another underwater site where six iron cannons were found. Taken together, the evidence suggests that the three-century-old story of Captain Morgan's lost fleet is finally near its conclusion.

The story begins with Morgan, a Welsh sea captain who was given the British crown's official sanction to prey on Spanish sea trade. Some would call Morgan a pirate, others a buccaneer, but "privateer" is the more charitable term.

In 1671, Morgan aimed to weaken Spain's control of the Caribbean by sacking Panama City, and the first step was to capture Castillo de San Lorenzo, a Spanish fort on the cliff overlooking the entrance to the Chagres River. That river served as the only water passageway between the Caribbean and the capital.


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I don't suppose they'll find much in the way of booty since the ships were wrecked in the initial attack, but the history these ships could tell...




posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 05:15 PM
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if it truly is what is suggested, this would be a huge find and so much could be learned. nevertheless whatever it is found out to be, it is still going to be interesting with lots to learn!



posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 05:19 PM
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Wonder how much Capt. Morgans stash of rum would be worth?

mostly


Or say they find his silver shot glass or whatever?

Got a lil capt in you?



posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 05:28 PM
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You never know what they might find. They still have barrel's of rum from Capt. Cooks adventures under Sydney harbor,
PRICELESS!!



posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 05:42 PM
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haha, original captain morgans, very own run! oh, that would be worth a bit!



posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 06:10 PM
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National Geographic put a better article here:

Pirate Pictures: Captain Morgan's Cannons Found?



posted on Aug, 6 2011 @ 05:14 PM
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"privateer", wtf?
A mercenary is a mercenary no matter how romantic history may have turned him into...



posted on Aug, 6 2011 @ 05:19 PM
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lol so this is good ole capt mo'?
funny how theyd brand a name like that



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 08:52 PM
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Originally posted by drakus
"privateer", wtf?
A mercenary is a mercenary no matter how romantic history may have turned him into...


True, but in this case it's being specific - Privateer is to Mercenary as Barstool is to Seat, I guess is a way of putting it.




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