Golden Age of Piracy lasted for thirty years, from 1690 to
1720 and Nassau was at its heart. Here was a tropical pirate
paradise which attracted the greatest concentration of pirates
ever seen in the New World.
was well suited as a pirate base of operations, its waters
were too shallow for a large man-of-war but deep enough for
the fast shallow draft vessels favoured by pirates. From their
snug harbour they could employ their hit and run tactics to
full effect; they devastated merchant shipping that plied the
trade routes just a short sail away. Their pirate gold and
goods formed the basis of a thriving community that attracted
rogues, merchants and wild women from far and wide.