The Sack of Panama

On 18 January 1671, the notorious Captain Henry Morgan with an obviously ill disciplined pirate army of about thousand defeat a Spanish army of more than 6000 and capture the second largest city in the New World, Panama. After the usual orgy of rape, murder, and torture, Morgan burned the city to the ground. He then betrayed his own men, escaped with the loot, and left his army to the mercy of the vengeful Spanish. The Sack of Panama is the high water mark of the first, or “buccaneering”, phase of the so called “Golden Age of Piracy”.

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