THE BAHAMAS: Treasure Islands

Signing himself simply Mr. Randolph, an outraged British subject wrote the King at the end of the 17th century to complain that the Bahamas were one of the "chief places where Pyrates Resort & are Harbourd." He requested "that his Majesty be pleased to send a first Rate ffrigot under the Command of a sober person" to end the menace. By 1718 Edward ("Blackbeard") Teach had been shot, and Woodes Rogers, the first Royal Governor, had arrived to establish the crown colony's motto—"Expulsis Piratis

Restituta Commercia [Pirates Expelled, Commerce Restored]."

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