Maritime Pirate Museum Events

June is Caribbean History Month

June is Caribbean History Month. The era of piracy in the Caribbean began in the 1500s and declined by the 1830s as Western European and North American powers, with colonies in the Caribbean, intensified efforts to hunt down and prosecute pirates.

During the golden age of piracy (1660-1730), pirates thrived in the Caribbean due to the presence of seaports like Port Royal in Jamaica, Tortuga in Haiti, and Nassau in the Bahamas. Despite crackdowns, the region saw the height of piracy at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession (1713-1720) as unemployed sailors turned to piracy to make ends meet.

In the early 19th century, piracy along the East and Gulf Coasts of North America, as well as in the Caribbean, increased again. Records of the US Navy indicate that hundreds of pirate attacks occurred in American and Caribbean waters between 1820 and 1835. Today, piracy in the Caribbean persists on a smaller scale, particularly in the waters off Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana, and Suriname, where economic crises and turf wars have driven some fishermen to resort to piracy.

This month we will examine famous pirates that called the Carribean home such as Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Red Legs Greaves, Calico Jack, Francois L'Olonnais. We will also examine famous Jewish Carribean Pirates such as Moses Cohen Henriques. 

Every month Antilles Trading Company Pirate Museum features a new exhibition;
January - Ancient Pirates
February - Black History Month - Black Pirates
March - Women's History Month -  Female Pirates
April - Arab History Month - Barbary Pirates
May - Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month - Asian Pirates
June - Caribbean Heritage Month -  Caribbean Pirates
July - French Heritage Month - French Pirates
August - International Pirate Month - Famous Pirates
September through October - Hispanic Heritage Month - Hispanic Pirates
November - Native American Heritage Month - Native American Pirates
December - Yule & Winter Solstice - Vikings 

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