Click to enlargePirates of New Spain
Peter Gerhard

By the sixteenth century, Spain had acquired the lion's share of territories in the New World, with the rest of Europe eager to share in the flow of wealth from the newfound mines. Attempts at peaceful trade were rebuffed by Spanish colonial officials, and by 1540, piracy in the area had become a thriving trade.

Freebooters seeking plunder cast their gaze westward. This study traces their bloody exploits.

Pirates of New Spain