Gibraltar was a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea. Originally owned by the Kingdom of Spain, Gibraltar was captured by an Anglo-Dutch force in 1704 and became an important base for the British Royal Navy.
Gibraltar was permanently settled for the first time by the Moors and was named Jebel Tariq – the Mount of Tariq, later corrupted into Gibraltar. The Christian Kingdom of Castile annexed it in 1309, lost it again to the Moors in 1333 and finally regained it in 1462. Gibraltar became part of the unified Kingdom of Spain and remained under Spanish rule until 1704. It was captured during the War of the Spanish Succession by an Anglo-Dutch fleet in the name of Charles VI of Austria, the Habsburg pretender to the Spanish throne. At the war's end, Spain ceded the territory to Great Britain under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713.
In the 1720s, the young EITC operative Cutler Beckett was sailing along Gibraltar aboard the Lindesfame when the pirate ship, Le Requin, attacked. The pirates, lead by Christophe-Julien de Rapièr, took Beckett for ransom and began to torture him. It was there Beckett began to despise pirates with a fiery passion.
- The Price of Freedom (First appearance)