In response to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, and for the well-being of our guests, employees and community, the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum has announced a temporary closure. We appreciate your understanding on this matter and we will communicate any additional updates or changes as they occur.
full screen background image

What is Exactly a Buccaneer?

September 21st, 2013 by Piper Smith

The term was popularized by author Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and referred to pirates who attacked Spanish ships across the Caribbean throughout the 17th century. Buccaneer is actually a synonym for pirate. However, buccaneer crews were usually larger than just simple pirate ships and crews. They were better equipped to attack coastal cities and stronghold ports. More specifically, buccaneers were localized to the Caribbean area, rather than pirates that sailed in the Indian Ocean.

--A Depiction of Blackbeard--  Blackbeard was often referred to as a buccaneer.

–A Depiction of Blackbeard–
Blackbeard was often referred to as a buccaneer.