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Pirate Soul

From mudguts, with additional commentary by yours truly.

There's a new pirate museum that's opened up in Key West where upon entry, visitors are greeted by the words, "Welcome to Port Royal."

A few years back, I was fortunate enough to go to Port Royal when I visited Jamaica. I had hoped to stumble upon a raucous little town that had barely shed it's past as pirate haven. I was young, and rum and wenching seemed a worthy way to spend a very hot afternoon. Of course, I was disillusioned. Today, Port Royal is kind of a quiet place, and this transition may have to do with the passage of time, or it may have something to do with the fact that most of the town that existed in the Golden Age got sucked underwater in an earthquake in 1692. Wrath of God was cited by contemporaries as a likely cause.

There is a small museum there devoted to piracy and privateering (which were to thank for much of the town's early commercial success), but because Port Royal specifically, and Jamaica generally, are not very rich places, I'm guessing that the quality of the artifacts doesn't really compare to the collection that's been gathered by a wealthy American. Stuff like this makes me angry, but then again, I'm the kind of person who upon visiting the British Museum couldn't kept thinking, "Why isn't this in (Egypt/Persia/Greece/Japan/etc...)?" I'm weird like that.

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