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Destruction of Tortuga
Conflict:

War Against Piracy

Date:

Late 1740s

Place:

Tortuga

Affiliations involved:

East India Trading Company

Participants:

East India Trading Company soldiers
Buccaneers

  [Source]

The Destruction of Tortuga happened almost immediately after the destruction of Port Royal. No one from Tortuga at the time of the destruction lived to tell the tale of what actually happened. It was an open attack upon the citizens of Tortuga by the EITC, leading to the loss of many lives. However there were some first signs to it. Captain Walter of a pirate guild known as the Marceline, was off the coast at the time.

Account by Witness

"It was another perfectly fine day for sailing -- a fair breeze blew from the East, the smell of saltwater in the air and oddly, the scent of gunpowder. Almost a month had passed since the destruction of Port Royal and things were beginning to return to normal — or so it seemed.

I had just anchored The Magic in Tortuga bay, and we was ferrying our cargo to shore when we heard the first blast. I looked toward the sound and could not believe me eyes! Just like at Port Royal, a chain of explosions tore through the town — and then fire, fire everywhere! Splinters of wood, gold coins, and other bits rained down around our dinghy. They splashed down in the water beside us along with the remains of a cargo container with the letters "E I T C" branded on the side.

The crew seemed like they be ready to mutiny — thinking I was cursed and bringing this all upon us! I explained I just have me a terrible knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They was just about to toss me into the drink when we heard that laugh — that dry, hollow, wicked laugh. Jolly Roger ! What did he have to do with this mess?

After the smoke cleared, the EITC and Navy set upon rebuilding the town almost immediately. And like Port Royal, both the EITC and Navy denied any association with the incident.

'Those days have passed now and the new Tortuga is being welcomed with open arms. Aye, I think back to the day of the explosion and that eerie laugh. It be Jolly Roger just enjoying the mayhem, says some. But in cahoots with the EITC, says I. Is that fiend Lord Beckett dealing with the undead? If that be so, we Pirates in some serious trouble, mates." —Captain Walter '

Aftermath

Tortuga was repaired overnight (as it is said). What could gunpowder explosions do to an entire island, let alone a small town? It managed to kill some, but many survived. Pirates were very aware by this time that the Company wanted to eliminate them one way or another, on the behest of their about-to-be leader, Cutler Beckett. However, a darker future was heading for pirates, with Jolly being involved in this....

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