Private letters of Buccaneers
At the moment, between collectors around the world, a real fight has unleashed for unique exhibits from the past, and these exhibits are not related to any one theme, such as numismatics, bonistics, and so on, they are interested in just rare things that if they exist, then only in one single copy, and believe me, there are a lot of such things. Today. We suggest talking about pirates, and to be more precise, about buccaneers, who in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were a real problem in the Caribbean.
Buccaneers differ from ordinary pirates in that they did not attack all the ships that sailed across the Caribbean Sea, but only on Spanish ships. Regardless of their status – trade, convoys, military and so on. So what is the connection between collecting rare items and buccanery? The thing is that the Buccaneers had special letters of marque, which were issued only to the captains of the pirate ships, and such letters existed only in a single copy. They were issued by the French authorities so that when pirates passed along the French ships, they would not attack them. The same happened with the French colonies in the Caribbean – when a pirate ship urgently needed to enter the nearest port, for example, to repair the ship, he had to present a letter of marque to the city guard, because if he didn’t have it, the buccaneer could easily be pulled up at the nearest tree, and shoot the ship from the fort guns. That is, as you can already understand, today’s collectors seek to find as many of these letters of marque as possible. Since at modern auctions, for just one such privateer certificate, a good amount can be obtained, which, depending on the state of the certificate and the fame of the name of the buccaneer, can vary from several hundred to several hundred thousand dollars.
Sea battles, pirates and bones, of course, there are the bones of the jolly Roger placed on the pirate flag, and not the eponymous series, Bones watch online which is a multi-million audience around the world, since all episodes of this series, including season 5, are free – All this is close to any collector. Who at least once tried to collect at least something related to piracy. Of course, the majority of privateer certificates are considered irretrievably lost, since many ships have already been destroyed by tides, sea inhabitants and storms, but there are those that still lie on the seabed, with letters of marque inside a glass bottle that is waiting for its collector, who , plunging into the deeps of the sea, he will take it with him, and will reveal the secret of this ship, more precisely, which one of the pirates controlled this ship, after all, it is possible that it will be Black Beard itself, which is one of ameniteyshih pirates worldwide.