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Buccaneers were privateers who attacked Spanish shipping in the Caribbean sea during the late 17th Century. The term buccaneer is now generally used as a synonym for pirate. Originally, buccaneer is
derived from the French word "boucanier", which loosely translates as "someone who smokes meat" and which in turn comes from the native American "bukan". The Caribbean Arawak used this word,
"bukan" or "buccan" to describe a sort of grill which they smoked meat on, preferably Manatee. It was a wooden framed device was also used by French hunters to smoke meat like feral (wild) cattle and
pigs- they were called "boucanier".
In the first quarter of the 1600s, some Frenchmen who were driven away from the island of Hispaniola fled to nearby Tortuga. The Spaniards tried to drive them out of Tortuga, but the buccaneers were
joined by many other French, Dutch and English and turned to piracy against Spanish shipping, generally using small craft to attack galleons (sailing ships) in the Caribbean. They would often attack at
night, and climb aboard before the alarm could be raised. Buccaneers were expert marksmen and would quickly kill the helmsman and any officers aboard. Buccaneers' reputation as cruel pirates grew
until most victims would surrender, hoping they would not be killed. Finally they became so strong that they even sailed to the mainland of Spanish America and attacked cities.
English settlers occupying Jamaica began to spread the name buccaneers and associated it with the meaning of pirates. Viewed from London, buccaneering was a low-budget way to wage war on
England's rival, Spain. So, the English crown empowered buccaneers with letters of marque, legalizing their operations in return for a share of their profits. The buccaneers were invited by Jamaica's
Governor Thomas Modyford to base ships at Port Royal, located on Palisadoes on the south of Jamaca. The buccaneers robbed Spanish shipping and colonies, and returned to Port Royal with their
plunder, making the city the most prosperous in the Caribbean. There were even English navy officers sent to lead the buccaneers, such as Christopher Myngs. Their activities went on irrespective of
whether England happened to be at war with Spain or France.
Although we don't conduct privateering operations, we do like taking small craft and harassing scaley marine life and local waterways (so to speak). Puns and joking aside, we are strong supporters of
conservation and maritime courtesy. We hope you enjoy our website and may have learned something in the process. Mike
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|Our 2015 Fall Crystal River Trip
We are a Christian couple who enjoys our family and the outdoors (anything on the
water) very much.
This is a reminder about the change to the "No
Wake" zones in the Orange Beach, AL, area. Earlier
in June of 2015, the area in Cotton Bayou near Zekes
Marina was changed to No Wake / Idle Speed. Now,
almost a year ago now, December 2015, the last
stretch of waterway from Jubilee Landing to the
Florida state line on Old River has been included as
a No Wake / Idle Speed Zone. So, now ALL of Old
River in Alabama waters to the state line is
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Our April 9, 2016 Crystal River Trip
|Changes to the Alabama
State Waters Sept 30 2016
Ok Alabama Anglers! Just a reminder, and
as I have just confirmed- the legislation to
extended Alabama State Waters to 9 Miles
has expired as of September 30, 2016!
As of now, no new provisions have been
made to permanently extend the state
waters to 9 miles! This will affect your
ability to fish several fish species in these
waters in future state seasons. Contact
your representatives and voice your
opinion on passing further laws to make it
For more information, see
|The Alabama Marine Resources is
deploying some new reef materials!
New material and pyramids are being set almost everyday. This includes 50
new ecoreefs within the newer Minton Reef Zones, only about 3 Miles
offshore. We have heard there are also plans for new deployments off of
Dauphin Island in the near future.
Stay up to date on all the new reef deployments in the offshore and near
shore artificial reef zones. Files are updated as public reefs are completed.
Offshore and near shore reef coordinates can be found at:
Right click the files and select "SAVE" to properly download them.
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A Well Rounded Trip! Oct 1, 2016