History Main / PirateBooty

18th Jan '16 4:38:11 AM foxley
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* Possibly the TropeMaker (in fiction at least) in the 1824 short story "Wolfert Webber" by WashingtonIrving which - like Poe's "The Gold Bug" - is about Kidd's buried treasure. Robert Louis Stevenson acknowledged "Wolfert Webber" as the promary inspiration for ''Literature/TreasureIsland''.
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* Possibly the TropeMaker (in fiction at least) in the 1824 short story "Wolfert Webber" by WashingtonIrving which - like Poe's "The Gold Bug" - is about Kidd's buried treasure. Robert Louis Stevenson acknowledged "Wolfert Webber" as the promary primary inspiration for ''Literature/TreasureIsland''.

* ''The Deep'' by Creator/PeterBenchley (made into a film in 1977) has divers discovering a WW2 ship containing a cargo of morphine, which has sunk on top of a Spanish treasure ship that went down in the 18th century holding a priceless royal dowry. When a local drug kingpin takes an interest, the protagonists have to buy him off by salvaging the morphine while concealing what their real area of interest is.
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* ''The Deep'' ''TheDeep'' by Creator/PeterBenchley (made into a film in 1977) has divers discovering a WW2 ship containing a cargo of morphine, which has sunk on top of a Spanish treasure ship that went down in the 18th century holding a priceless royal dowry. When a local drug kingpin takes an interest, the protagonists have to buy him off by salvaging the morphine while concealing what their real area of interest is.

* Possibly averted in {{Redwall}}; the corsairs seem to do it ForTheEvulz, spending less time on treasure than on capturing slaves and randomly slaughtering everything in sight. Used in ''Pearls of Lutra'' because Emperor Ublaz is specifically telling them to bring back loot for him.
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* Possibly averted in {{Redwall}}; ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''; the corsairs seem to do it ForTheEvulz, spending less time on treasure than on capturing slaves and randomly slaughtering everything in sight. Used in ''Pearls of Lutra'' because Emperor Ublaz is specifically telling them to bring back loot for him.

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* Possibly averted ''Literature/TheCrownerJohnMysteries'': The search for a buried Saxon hoard forms a major subplot in {{Redwall}}; the corsairs seem to do it ForTheEvulz, spending less time on ''Crowner's Quest'' as, by law, all buried treasure than on capturing slaves belongs to the Crown and randomly slaughtering everything in sight. Used in ''Pearls one of Lutra'' because Emperor Ublaz John's duties as coroner is specifically telling them to bring back loot for him.secure it.
19th Nov '15 5:03:11 PM MAI742
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But as they say, behind every story is a grain of truth. The idea of pirate gold most likely arose from the "Treasure Fleets" used by Spain to transport large amounts of gold and silver, among other goods, plundered from Mexico and South America. Even today, sunken treasure ships are highly sought after by modern treasure hunters. Additionally, the ''passengers'' on ships typically carried money in the form of gold or silver, in small quantities.
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But as they say, behind every story is a grain of truth. The idea of pirate gold most likely arose from the "Treasure Fleets" used by Spain the kingdom of Castile-Leon to transport large amounts of gold and silver, among other goods, plundered from the silver mined in Mexico and South America.Columbia (90% of it from just one mine in Potosi, Columbia) to Seville. On one notable occasion in the 16th century the fleet was scattered by a cyclone, and several ships were picked off by English privateers. Even today, sunken treasure ships are highly sought after by modern treasure hunters. Additionally, the ''passengers'' on ships typically carried money in the form of gold or silver, in small quantities.
19th Nov '15 5:00:34 PM MAI742
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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 - fabrics, spices, and certain items made only in certain parts of the world.)
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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 certain various 'exotic' items made only in certain parts of the world.) from extremely far afield)
19th Nov '15 9:57:54 AM Mhazard
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See also InexplicableTreasureChests what be buried on a DesertIsland in [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon The Spanish Main]]. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] [[FreudWasRight that kind]] of "[[PirateGirl Pirate Booty]]".
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See also InexplicableTreasureChests what be buried on a DesertIsland in [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon The Spanish Main]]. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] [[FreudWasRight that kind]] of "[[PirateGirl Pirate Booty]]".
19th Nov '15 9:57:10 AM Mhazard
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See also InexplicableTreasureChests what be buried on a DesertIsland in [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon The Spanish Main]]. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] "[[FreudWasRight that kind]]" of [[PorateGirl Pirate Booty]].
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See also InexplicableTreasureChests what be buried on a DesertIsland in [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon The Spanish Main]]. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] "[[FreudWasRight [[FreudWasRight that kind]]" kind]] of [[PorateGirl "[[PirateGirl Pirate Booty]].Booty]]".
19th Nov '15 9:56:28 AM Mhazard
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See also InexplicableTreasureChests what be buried on a DesertIsland in [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon The Spanish Main]].
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See also InexplicableTreasureChests what be buried on a DesertIsland in [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon The Spanish Main]]. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] "[[FreudWasRight that kind]]" of [[PorateGirl Pirate Booty]].
8th Oct '15 5:43:16 PM MarkLungo
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Pieterszoon_Hein Piet Hein]] became a Dutch folk hero for capturing a Spanish treasure fleet during the EightyYearsWar. A popular song about him notes that 'his name is small, but his deeds are great!'
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Pieterszoon_Hein Piet Hein]] became a Dutch folk hero for capturing a Spanish treasure fleet during the EightyYearsWar.UsefulNotes/TheEightyYearsWar. A popular song about him notes that 'his name is small, but his deeds are great!'

6th Aug '15 8:42:27 AM LordGro
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The risk to confuse the trope Pirate Booty with these things is non-existent.
And naar, this be nothin' to do with tryin' to get yer hooks on a PirateGirl's "hidden treasure", ye parrrrvarrrrt. [[TalkLikeAPirate Arrrrrrrh!]] Also has nothing to do with the snack food brand of the same name.
6th Aug '15 7:55:20 AM Prfnoff
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* Similarly, the online game ''PuzzlePirates'' has pieces of eight as the main currency, which is also dispensed as treasure following pillage. On the other hand, winning shipboard fights also entitles you to cannonballs, rum, and even pineapples and other produce. A little bit of trope, a little bit of truth.
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* Similarly, the online game ''PuzzlePirates'' ''VideoGame/PuzzlePirates'' has pieces of eight as the main currency, which is also dispensed as treasure following pillage. On the other hand, winning shipboard fights also entitles you to cannonballs, rum, and even pineapples and other produce. A little bit of trope, a little bit of truth.

* The PC game ''CrimsonSkies'' has the first few missions centering around SkyPirate Nathan Zachary attempting to retrieve the lost treasure of Sir Francis Drake. He and his crew end up having to battle a rival pirate gang, the Medusas, and the British Royal Navy who also want the treasure for themselves. * Most of treasure in ''{{Dubloon}}'' can be found by digging, [[GuideDangIt with varying levels of invisibility]].
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* The PC game ''CrimsonSkies'' ''VideoGame/CrimsonSkies'' has the first few missions centering around SkyPirate Nathan Zachary attempting to retrieve the lost treasure of Sir Francis Drake. He and his crew end up having to battle a rival pirate gang, the Medusas, and the British Royal Navy who also want the treasure for themselves. * Most of treasure in ''{{Dubloon}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Dubloon}}'' can be found by digging, [[GuideDangIt with varying levels of invisibility]].
1st Aug '15 11:38:24 AM MsChibi
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Also has nothing to do with the snack food brand of the same name.
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