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RED SEA PIRATES INVADE ST. AUGUSTINE

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The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is excited to announce a new permanent exhibition featuring artifacts of the Red Sea Pirates.  The colorful appellation  is used  to identify  buccaneers whom traveled the West Indies around Africa into the Red Sea, a trek known as the ’Pirate Round.’  Most active from the early 1690’s to 1700 (and again at the dawn of the 1720’s), pirates risked the journey around the Cape of Good Hope to the Indian Ocean, attacking ships loaded with exotic products of India.  Pirates and traders whom regularly used this route included pirate captains Henry Every and William Kidd (whose treasure chest was just highlighted on the History Channel).

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Featured in the exhibit are a 17th century Khanjarli Dagger and an 18th century trade sword –  as well as  porcelain and pottery  discovered on a Red Sea shipwreck by noted archivist Dr. John De Bry, director of the non-profit Center for Historical Archaeology in Melbourne, Florida.  De Bry –  a renowned historian and paleographer with expertise in the underwater archaeology of  shipwrecks, as well as the dating and identification of related materials – has been active with excavation projects in the U.S., South America, the Caribbean, the Philippines, and Madagascar.

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The installation of the exhibit kicks off what should be an exciting year for the museum, as community based activities are planned throughout the coming months.

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