Woodes Rogers was one of the most notable persons that have ever lived in the Caribbean. This Englishman was a privateer and later became the first governor of Bahamas, charged with ridding the Caribbean of pirates. By 1700, Nassau was virtually ruled by pirates with "lawless riot and drunken revelry". His mission was to harass Spanish shipping - to the English he was a loyal citizen but to the Spanish he was a pirate. As Governor, he is said to have pardoned more than 2,000 pirates.
Sir Francis Drake was a pirate/privateer known as 'El Dragon,' the first ever English pirate to sail across the world. He led ships against the Spanish Main in West Indies and Central America. At age 24, he was made captain of the Judith. The well-mannered pirate led 27 ships that aimed to capture Panama in 1595, but failed. He lost many of his ships in Juan Ulua. He is known for his attack on the Spanish treasure ship, 'The Cacafuego' in 1597. Queen Elizabeth eventually knighted him...
CADIZ, stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Named Gadir by the Phoencians, who founded their trading post in 1100 BC, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians, until it became a thriving Roman port. It sank into oblivion under the Visigoths and Moors, but attained great splendour in the early 16th century as a launching point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of America. Cadiz was later raided by Sir Francis Drake.
A triple portrait of three Elizabethan explorers. On the left is John Hawkins (1532-95) shown slightly to right in black, wearing a hat and gold chains. Sir Francis Drake (1540?-96), Hawkins’s cousin, stands in the centre, and his right arm leans against a globe to denote the adventurers. He wears a sleeveless leather doublet. Thomas Cavendish(1560-92) is shown standing on the right. He wears a red doublet and black cloak both sewn with pearls and a gold earring in his left ear.