A little excerpt from a side project I have been working on . . .
The 17th century is drawing to an end . . .
The strain of the THIRTY YEARS WAR has left the EMPIRE OF SPAIN, conqueror of the NEW WORLD, weak and vulnerable. Priorities in continental EUROPE have forced the Spanish navy to abandon all but it’s most important islands in the CARIBBEAN and concentrate on protecting it’s treasure flotillas as they voyage across the ATLANTIC.
SPAIN’S enemies are quick to take advantage of her shrinking, run-down and increasingly under-equipped fleets and move to stake their claim to the riches and resources of the AMERICAS . . .
In PORT ROYAL, JAMAICA, the principal ENGLISH PORT in the WEST INDIES, the power-players are making their moves . . . eager to for a share of the gold and glory that are suddenly up for grabs in the CARIBBEAN.
The GOVERNOR looks to bolster his fortune by way of a PRIVATE NAVY, issuing LETTERS OF MARQUE to any ship and crew willing to attack the Spanish. The MERCHANT-BARONS sponsor trade endeavours and the exploration of uncharted lands and waters, the greediest and most ambitious among them secretly bankrolling buccaneers to rob Spanish coastal towns and sack the vessels of their competitors. As for the CHURCH, it’s missionaries have become far less passionate about converting believers than they are about laying claim to priceless relics and artifacts of the NEW WORLD.
A golden age of high-adventure has begun . . . which means plenty of opportunity and pieces-of-eight for an enterprising soul such as yourself.
So look sharp, keep your cutlass at the ready . . . and never trust an old sea dog!