History Main / PirateBooty

2nd Jan '18 10:40:30 PM HissingRooster
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The reality of piracy was a lot more pragmatic. Food, fresh water, weapons and ammunition, timber, ropes, and sails were all of more immediate value to the corsair than a chest full of gold (which, if they ever got any, would promptly be ''spent'' on food, fresh water, weapons and ammunition, timber, ropes, and sails, with what was left going to drinking and whoring before they got caught and hanged). These things kept their ships and crews operating outside the reach of the law. In addition, very few cargo vessels carried that kind of wealth. Those that did were warships sailing in groups with enhanced security to fend off any pirates that might attempt an attack. (Certain, more mundane-looking cargoes, mind, might be more valuable than we would think of today--alcohol, fabrics, spices, and various "exotic" items from extremely far afield)

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The reality of piracy was a lot more pragmatic. Food, fresh water, weapons and ammunition, timber, ropes, and sails were all of more immediate value to the corsair than a chest full of gold (which, if they ever got any, would promptly be ''spent'' on food, fresh water, weapons and ammunition, timber, ropes, and sails, with what was left going to drinking and whoring before they got caught and hanged). These things kept their ships and crews operating outside the reach of the law. In addition, very few cargo vessels carried that kind of wealth. Those that did were warships sailing in groups with enhanced security to fend off any pirates that might attempt an attack. (Certain, more mundane-looking cargoes, mind, might be more valuable than we would think of today--alcohol, fabrics, spices, and various "exotic" items from extremely far afield)
afield) Furthermore it was much easier to fence cargo goods than gold and jewels, and even if a pirate found such treasures they might not even understand the value of the items. In one famous case a pirate smashed a large diamond with a hammer because a crew mate got numerous smaller diamonds as his share. Feeling cheated he smashed the diamond into numerous smaller pieces.
30th Dec '17 5:47:48 PM nombretomado
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* Justified in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Curse of the Black Spot'' -- the pirate in question was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Every Henry Every]], one of the very few pirates to actually get his hands on a cargo of gold and jewels (and the episode even specified that it was the Mughal's treasure).

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* Justified in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The "The Curse of the Black Spot'' Spot" -- the pirate in question was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Every Henry Every]], one of the very few pirates to actually get his hands on a cargo of gold and jewels (and the episode even specified that it was the Mughal's treasure).



* ''TheGlades'' episode "Booty" centres around the search for lost pirate treasure, and the murder of one of the treasure hunters. Jim and Callie dig up the treasure just before being confronted by the murderer.

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* ''TheGlades'' ''Series/TheGlades'' episode "Booty" centres around the search for lost pirate treasure, and the murder of one of the treasure hunters. Jim and Callie dig up the treasure just before being confronted by the murderer.
2nd Dec '17 10:44:36 AM SilentStranger
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* ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' has Nate chasing after a pirate (Henry Avery) treasure he and his brother once tried to claim until fate intervened fifteen years before the start of the game.

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* ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' has Nate chasing after a pirate (Henry Avery) the legendary treasure of Henry Avery, which he and his brother once tried had been dreaming about since childhood. [[spoiler: They eventually discover that a large part of it was used to claim until fate intervened fifteen years before the start fund Libertalia, a colony for pirates that eventually self destructed. The remains of the game.treasure is found in Avery's explosive-ladden ship]]


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* One of the most famous pirate treasure hauls came from a massive convoy belonging to the Grand Mughal Empire, who were on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The envoy was attacked by a pirate fleet led by the infamous Captain Henry Avery and Thomas Tew, who made off with about 52 Million £ in modern money, though Tew was killed in the battle. Notably, Avery and his men committed horrible crimes against the passengers, far worse than what most pirates would normally do, to the point that the attack damaged Britains relations with the Mughal Empire, and led to Avery becoming the target of the first international manhunt. Avery disappears from history afterwards, but about 25 or so of his men were tracked down and publically hanged. No one knows for sure what happened to the treasure.
20th Nov '17 3:55:54 AM shadowbeast
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* A scenario in a tavern where someone sells you a map leading to a treasure the seller knows about but "can't" recover, similar to Alestorm's ''Over The Seas'' and ''Nancy's Harbour Cafe'', is discussed repeatedly in ''TabletopGames/{{Fifty Fathoms}}''. These could be completely made-up maps of nonsense geography, lead to islands which no longer exist, or to traps, or simply nothing. Often the best you might find is a chest, empty but for a note saying the 17th-century equivalent of "haha FU u n00b, ive run off with yer money".
20th Oct '17 5:25:19 PM Mullon
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* Subverted plenty of times in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. In ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' the treasure of Melee island turned out to be a t-shirt that said that you found it, and in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' the McGuffin the Big Whoop turned out to be a worthless ticket for an amusement park, [[spoiler:though actually, it was later revealed that the Big Whoop was the entrance to hell, where [=LeChuck=] became an immortal Ghost/Zombie/Demon]]. The trope image is [=LeChuck's=] personal horde from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''; later on whenever Guybrush successfully raids a pirate ship (to get the money he needs to upgrade his cannons) he'll proudly declare "We're loaded with booty.".

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* Subverted plenty of times in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. In ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' the treasure of Melee island turned out to be a t-shirt that said that you found it, and in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' the McGuffin the Big Whoop turned out to be a worthless ticket for an amusement park, [[spoiler:though actually, it was later revealed that the Big Whoop was the entrance to hell, where [=LeChuck=] became an immortal Ghost/Zombie/Demon]]. The trope image is [=LeChuck's=] personal horde from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''; later on whenever Guybrush successfully raids a pirate ship (to get the money he needs to upgrade his cannons) he'll proudly declare "We're loaded with booty."."
20th Oct '17 5:24:50 PM Mullon
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* Subverted plenty of times in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. In ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' the treasure of Melee island turned out to be a t-shirt that said that you found it, and in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' the McGuffin the Big Whoop turned out to be a worthless ticket for an amusement park. [[spoiler:Though actually, it was later revealed that the Big Whoop was the entrance to hell, where [=LeChuck=] became an immortal Ghost/Zombie/Demon]].

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* Subverted plenty of times in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. In ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' the treasure of Melee island turned out to be a t-shirt that said that you found it, and in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' the McGuffin the Big Whoop turned out to be a worthless ticket for an amusement park. [[spoiler:Though park, [[spoiler:though actually, it was later revealed that the Big Whoop was the entrance to hell, where [=LeChuck=] became an immortal Ghost/Zombie/Demon]].Ghost/Zombie/Demon]]. The trope image is [=LeChuck's=] personal horde from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''; later on whenever Guybrush successfully raids a pirate ship (to get the money he needs to upgrade his cannons) he'll proudly declare "We're loaded with booty.".
2nd Sep '17 9:27:53 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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-->'''Dewey''': Why do pirates always [[{{Genre Savvy}} hide their treasures in caves]]? I'm glad Captain Caninbahl is smart enough t' invest a percentage of our swag.\\

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-->'''Dewey''': Why do pirates always [[{{Genre Savvy}} hide their treasures in caves]]? caves? I'm glad Captain Caninbahl is smart enough t' invest a percentage of our swag.\\
20th Aug '17 2:53:02 PM shawn_allen
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** Inverted in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales''; Pirate "Commodore" Barbosa's Flag Ship, ''The Queen Anne's Revenge'', is decked out (pun intended) from stem to stern with gold decorations, including a live string quartet. Justified, since he commands an enchanted vessel and many other, smaller ones which do most of the active pirating.
22nd Jul '17 12:47:16 PM john_e
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** Every's ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or Avery's]]) treasure had previously also been the McGuffin in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E1TheSmugglers The Smugglers]]".
22nd Jul '17 12:36:21 PM john_e
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* In Creator/LJagiLamplighter's ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland'', Rachel is directed to pirate treasure when she needs some. However, this is not buried treasure; their ship was wrecked.

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* In Creator/LJagiLamplighter's ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland'', Dreamland]]'', Rachel is directed to pirate treasure when she needs some. However, this is not buried treasure; their ship was wrecked.
* In the Literature/LordPeterWimsey story "The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head", Lord Peter and his nephew track down the treasure of "Cut-Throat" Conyers, who was widely believed to have been a pirate and sailed with Blackbeard. Conyers hid the treasure many years after he'd retired from piracy and settled down as a country landowner.
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