Pirates And The Port City of Campeche, Mexico

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Being a pirate means living in illegality, in the past or in the present. However, after reading so many stories and seeing countless pirate movies, we know that these characters can conquer the audience with their unlimited freedom and their desire to always challenge authority.

During the golden age of the pirates, sometimes also called buccaneers by the ships that were authorized to attack, they became a kind of mercenary authorized to board enemy ships and keep a part of the loot, although the other part had to be sent to the crown. Meanwhile, pirates drank rum, played games of chance (of course, there was no online casino, so the cards were preferred), although they were prohibited on board, according to the pirate code (Charte Partie).

The most serious problem with the pirates arose when the wars ended and the Treaty of Utrecht was signed. At that time many corsairs were left without work and returned to total illegality. The flag of the pirates dominated especially the Caribbean Sea between 1706 and 1708.


In 1559, the pirates of the Caribbean began to invade and plunder the Yucatan Peninsula, and entered through the most economically developed point, Campeche. Naturally, for the Campechanos, pirate culture is still part of their lives today.

Also, one of the first things looted by pirates were the trees called dye stick in the Laguna de Términos. These trees were used to dye fabrics and were paid too well. To achieve this, they entered the deep jungle and did not bring wealth to the local population, which did happen elsewhere in the peninsula.

Museum of pirates

In Campeche, how could it be otherwise, there is a Museum of the Pirates, which is located in the San Francisco Bastion, in the center of the city. In the rooms of this museum are displayed weapons, personal objects, and replicas of the most famous ships.

Pirates And The Port City of Campeche, Mexico

The story tells that the inhabitants of Campeche managed to organize themselves to defend themselves against the pirates and built a wall and fortress that is still standing. This extreme measure was taken against not only the robberies, but also the violence exerted on the inhabitants of the city after the pirates got drunk.

Some of the pirates (who were not all British) who caused the most damage to Campeche and its inhabitants were Pata de palo, Mansvelt , Bartolomé “El Portugués”, Jacobo Jackson and William Parker, among others.

Today Campeche continues to live with pirates through the name of its streets, bars, restaurants and even the baseball team. They left an imprint of extreme violence, but also cultural.


Source: Yucatan