Chapter X


Of the Island of Cuba
Captain Morgan attempts to preserve the Isle of St. Catherine as a refuge to the nest of pirates, but fails of his design
He arrives at and takes the village of El Puerto del Principe.


CAPTAIN MORGAN seeing his predecessor and admiral Mansvelt were dead, used all the means that were possible, to keep in possession the isle of St. Catherine, seated near Cuba. His chief intent was to make it a refuge and sanctuary to the pirates of those parts, putting it in a condition of being a convenient receptacle of their preys and robberies. To this effect he left no stone unmoved, writing to several merchants in Virginia and New England, persuading them to send him provisions and necessaries, towards putting the said island in such a posture of defence, as to fear no danger of invasion from any side. But all this proved ineffectual, by the Spaniards retaking the said island: yet Captain Morgan retained his courage, which put him on new designs. First, he equipped a ship, in order to gather a fleet as great, and as strong as he could. By degrees he effected it, and gave orders to every member of his fleet to meet at a certain port of Cuba, there determining to call a council, and deliberate what was best to be done, and what place first to fall upon. Leaving these preparations in this condition, I shall give my reader some small account of the said isle of Cuba, in whose port this expedition was hatched, seeing I omitted to do it in its proper place.

Cuba lies from east to west, in north latitude, from 20 to 23 deg. in length one hundred and fifty German leagues, and about forty in breadth. Its fertility is equal to that of Hispaniola; besides which, it affords many things proper for trading and commerce; such as hides of several beasts, particularly those that in Europe are called hides of Havanna. On all sides it is surrounded with many small islands, called the Cayos: these little islands the pirates use as ports of refuge. Here they have their meetings, and hold their councils, how best to assault the Spaniards. It is watered on all sides with plentiful and pleasant rivers, whose entries form both secure and spacious ports; beside many other harbours for ships, which along the calm shores and coasts adorn this rich and beautiful island; all which contribute much to its happiness, by facilitating trade, whereto they invited both natives and aliens. The chief of these ports are San Jago, Byame, Santa Maria, Espiritu Santo, Trinidad, Zagoa, Cabo de Corientes, and others, on the south side of the island: on the north side are, La Havanna, Puerto Mariano, Santa Cruz, Mata Ricos, and Barracoa.

This island hath two chief cities, to which all the towns and villages thereof give obedience. The first is Santa Jago, or St. James, seated on the south side, and having under its jurisdiction one half of the island. The chief magistrates hereof are a bishop and a governor, who command the villages and towns of the said half. The chief of these are, on the south side, Espiritu Santo, Puerto del Principe, and Bayame. On the north it has Barracoa, and De los Cayos. The greatest part of the commerce driven here comes from the Canaries, whither they transport much tobacco, sugar, and hides, which sort of merchandise are drawn to the head city from the subordinate towns and villages. Formerly the city of Santa Jago was miserably sacked by the pirates of Jamaica and Tortuga, though it is defended by a considerable castle.

The city and port De la Havanna lies between the north and west side of the island: this is one of the strongest places of the West Indies; its jurisdiction extends over the other half of the island; the chief places under it being Santa Cruz on the north side, and La Trinidad on the south. Hence is transported huge quantities of tobacco, which is sent to New Spain and Costa Rica, even as far as the South Sea, besides many ships laden with this commodity, that are consigned to Spain and other parts of Europe, not only in the leaf, but in rolls. This city is defended by three castles, very great and strong, two of which lie towards the port, and the other is seated on a hill that commands the town. It is esteemed to contain about ten thousand families. The merchants of this place trade in New Spain, Campechy, Honduras, and Florida. All ships that come from the parts before mentioned, as also from Caraccas, Carthagena and Costa Rica, are necessitated to take their provisions in at Havanna to make their voyage for Spain; this being the necessary and straight course they must steer for the south of Europe, and other parts. The plate-fleet of Spain, which the Spaniards call Flota, being homeward bound, touches here yearly to complete their cargo with hides, tobacco, and Campechy wood.

Captain Morgan had been but two months in these ports of the south of Cuba, when he had got together a fleet of twelve sail, between ships and great boats, with seven hundred fighting men, part English and part French. They called a council, and some advised to assault the city of Havanna in the night, which they said might easily be done, if they could but take any of the ecclesiastics; yea, that the city might be sacked before the castles could put themselves in a posture of defence. Others propounded, according to their several opinions, other attempts; but the former proposal was rejected, because many of the pirates, who had been prisoners at other times in the said city, affirmed nothing of consequence could be done with less than one thousand five hundred men. Moreover, that with all these people, they ought first go to the island De los Pinos, and land them in small boats about Matamona, fourteen leagues from the said city, whereby to accomplish their designs.

Finally, they saw no possibility of gathering so great a fleet, and hereupon, with what they had, they concluded to attempt some other place. Among the rest, one propounded they should assault the town of El Puerto del Principe. This proposition he persuaded to, by saying he knew that place very well, and that being at a distance from sea, it never was sacked by any pirates, whereby the inhabitants were rich, exercising their trade by ready money, with those of Havanna who kept here an established commerce, chiefly in hides. This proposal was presently admitted by Captain Morgan, and the chief of his companions. Hereupon they ordered every captain to weigh anchor and set sail, steering towards that coast nearest to El Puerto del Principe. Here is a bay named by the Spaniards El Puerto de Santa Maria: being arrived at this bay, a Spaniard, who was prisoner aboard the fleet, swam ashore by night to the town of El Puerto del Principe, giving an account to the inhabitants of the design of the pirates, which he overheard in their discourse, while they thought he did not understand English. The Spaniards upon this advice began to hide their riches, and carry away their movables; the governor immediately raised all the people of the town, freemen and slaves, and with part of them took a post by which of necessity the pirates must pass, and commanded many trees to be cut down and laid cross the ways to hinder their passage, placing several ambuscades strengthened with some pieces of cannon to play upon them on their march. He gathered in all about eight hundred men, of which detaching part into the said ambuscades, with the rest he begirt the town, drawing them up in a spacious field, whence they could see the coming of the pirates at length.

Captain Morgan, with his men, now on the march, found the avenues to the town unpassable; hereupon they took their way through the wood, traversing it with great difficulty, whereby they escaped divers ambuscades; at last they came to the plain, from its figure called by the Spaniards La Savanna, or the Sheet. The governor seeing them come, detached a troop of horse to charge them in the front, thinking to disperse them, and to pursue them with his main body: but this design succeeded not, for the pirates marched in very good order, at the sound of their drums, and with flying colours; coming near the horse they drew into a semicircle, and so advanced towards the Spaniards, who charged them valiantly for a while; but the pirates being very dextrous at their arms, and their governor, with many of their companions, being killed, they retreated towards the wood, to save themselves with more advantage; but before they could reach it, most of them were unfortunately killed by the pirates. Thus they left the victory to these new-come enemies, who had no considerable loss of men in the battle, and but very few wounded. The skirmish lasted four hours: they entered the town not without great resistance of such as were within, who defended themselves as long as possible, and many seeing the enemy in the town, shut themselves up in their own houses, and thence made several shots upon the pirates; who thereupon threatened them, saying, "If you surrender not voluntarily, you shall soon see the town in a flame, and your wives and children torn to pieces before your faces." Upon these menaces the Spaniards submitted to the discretion of the pirates, believing they could not continue there long.

As soon as the pirates had possessed themselves of the town, they enclosed all the Spaniards, men, women, children, and slaves, in several churches, and pillaged all the goods they could find; then they searched the country round about, bringing in daily many goods and prisoners, with much provision. With this they fell to making great cheer, after their old custom, without remembering the poor prisoners, whom they let starve in the churches, though they tormented them daily and inhumanly to make them confess where they had hid their goods, money, etc., though little or nothing was left them, not sparing the women and little children, giving them nothing to eat, whereby the greatest part perished.

Pillage and provisions growing scarce, they thought convenient to depart and seek new fortunes in other places; they told the prisoners, "they should find money to ransom themselves, else they should be all transported to Jamaica; and beside, if they did not pay a second ransom for the town, they would turn every house into ashes." The Spaniards hereupon nominated among themselves four fellow-prisoners to go and seek for the above-mentioned contributions; but the pirates, to the intent that they should return speedily with those ransoms, tormented several cruelly in their presence, before they departed. After a few days, the Spaniards returned, telling Captain Morgan, "We have ran up and down, and searched all the neighbouring woods and places we most suspected, and yet have not been able to find any of our own party, nor consequently any fruit of our embassy; but if you are pleased to have a little longer patience with us, we shall certainly cause all that you demand to be paid within fifteen days;" which Captain Morgan granted. But not long after, there came into the town seven or eight pirates who had been ranging in the woods and fields, and got considerable booty. These brought amongst other prisoners, a negro, whom they had taken with letters. Captain Morgan having perused them, found that they were from the governor of Santa Jago, being written to some of the prisoners, wherein he told them, "they should not make too much haste to pay any ransom for their town or persons, or any other pretext; but on the contrary, they should put off the pirates as well as they could with excuses and delays, expecting to be relieved by him in a short time, when he would certainly come to their aid." Upon this intelligence Captain Morgan immediately ordered all their plunder to be carried aboard; and withal, he told the Spaniards, that the very next day they should pay their ransoms, for he would not wait a moment longer, but reduce the whole town to ashes, if they failed of the sum he demanded.

With this intimation, Captain Morgan made no mention to the Spaniards of the letters he had intercepted. They answered, "that it was impossible for them to give such a sum of money in so short a space of time, seeing their fellow-townsmen were not to be found in all the country thereabouts." Captain Morgan knew full well their intentions, but thought it not convenient to stay there any longer, demanding of them only five hundred oxen or cows, with sufficient salt to powder them, with this condition, that they should carry them on board his ships. Thus he departed with all his men, taking with him only six of the principal prisoners as pledges. Next day the Spaniards brought the cattle and salt to the ships, and required the prisoners; but Captain Morgan refused to deliver them, till they had helped his men to kill and salt the beeves: this was performed in great haste, he not caring to stay there any longer, lest he should be surprised by the forces that were gathering against him; and having received all on board his vessels, he set at liberty the hostages. Meanwhile there happened some dissensions between the English and the French: the occasion was as follows: A Frenchman being employed in killing and salting the beeves, an English pirate took away the marrow-bones he had taken out of the ox, which these people esteem much; hereupon they challenged one another: being come to the place of duel, the Englishman stabbed the Frenchman in the back, whereby he fell down dead. The other Frenchmen, desirous of revenge, made an insurrection against the English; but Captain Morgan soon appeased them, by putting the criminal in chains to be carried to Jamaica, promising he would see justice done upon him; for though he might challenge his adversary, yet it was not lawful to kill him treacherously, as he did.

All things being ready, and on board, and the prisoners set at liberty, they sailed thence to a certain island, where Captain Morgan intended to make a dividend of what they had purchased in that voyage; where being arrived, they found nigh the value of fifty thousand pieces of eight in money and goods; the sum being known, it caused a general grief to see such a small purchase, not sufficient to pay their debts at Jamaica. Hereupon Captain Morgan proposed they should think on some other enterprise and pillage before they returned. But the French not being able to agree with the English, left Captain Morgan with those of his own nation, notwithstanding all the persuasions he used to reduce them to continue in his company. Thus they parted with all external signs of friendship, Captain Morgan reiterating his promises to them that he would see justice done on that criminal. This he performed; for being arrived at Jamaica, he caused him to be hanged, which was all the satisfaction the French pirates could expect.

843 - 1095

С 843 по 1095 год

Поздний период Раннего Средневековья. От Верденского договора в 843 до Клермонского собора в 1095.

6...И те, кто делал карьеру на крови

Записки «вредителя». Часть I. Время террора. 6...И те, кто делал карьеру на крови

Председатель правления треста М. А. Мурашев был человек достаточно способный, чтобы схватывать «верхи», легко рассуждать о делах треста и производить на неосведомленных людей впечатление знающего человека. На самом деле это был человек пустой, для которого не существовало ничего, кроме собственной особы. Бывший рабочий, кровельщик, он в 1905 году был сослан в Кемь за участие в партии эсеров. Женился там на местной учительнице и, видимо, существовал за ее счет, пока не наступила большевистская революция. Тогда он записался в «партию», бросил Кемь и жену и поехал в Петроград делать карьеру. Он сразу получил крупное назначение заведующего водопроводом и канализацией Петрограда, но на чем-то поскользнулся и был послан в Мурманск для заведования рыбным делом, а с образованием «Севгосрыбтреста» назначен его председателем. Дела он не знал и не любил, считая, что для такого крупного человека, как он, это может быть только переходной ступенью к ответственной должности в «центре». Чтобы не сидеть в Мурманске, где жизнь очень тяжела и скучна, он всеми способами устраивал себе командировки в Петроград, в Москву, на курорты, где он лечился от ожирения, но главным образом за границу и пропадал там месяцами. Одна из сценок, разыгравшихся в Мурманске, очень типична для такой фигуры. Его новая жена, не знаю, третья или четвертая, машинистка из берлинского торгпредства, должна была прибыть прямо из Германии на только что выстроенном траулере «Большевик». Это давало ей возможность привезти ворох контрабанды. Траулер встречали на пристани все мурманские власти, рабочие промысла и оркестр музыки.

Глава 4

Сквозь ад русской революции. Воспоминания гардемарина. 1914–1919. Глава 4

Царь обладал всеми качествами, которые внушают симпатии и любовь ближайшего окружения. Но те самые свойства, которые так привлекательны в частном человеке, превратились в серьезные помехи, когда он был призван руководить страной в чрезвычайных обстоятельствах. Миролюбие царя, стремление избегать болезненных ситуаций предоставили возможность приближенным влиять на него. Страсть к самобичеванию отвращала его от правления железной рукой. Личное обаяние царя превращало необходимость сообщить монарху нелицеприятную правду в крайне трудную задачу. Природа наделила царя достоинствами и недостатками, непригодными для выполнения им своей миссии, обстоятельства и история были против него. Когда началась война 1914 года, оппозиционные партии впервые за полстолетия выразили готовность сотрудничать с властью. Императору пришлось принять на веру эту перемену в настроениях и положиться на людей, опасаться которых и не доверять которым имелись все основания. Ряд политических группировок, заявивших сегодня о своей лояльности, были ответственны за десятилетия террора в истории России; некоторые предпочли промолчать в отношении убийств и грабежей, совершенных политическими экстремистами. Для того чтобы поверить в лояльность этих группировок, царю пришлось бы многое забыть, но оказаться настолько гуманным, чтобы вычеркнуть из памяти раскромсанное тело своего деда Александра Второго, погибшего в результате злодейского покушения, или длинный список убитых людей, преданных государственным интересам, – это выше человеческих возможностей.

Часть IV. Работа в «Рыбпроме». Подготовка к побегу

Записки «вредителя». Часть IV. Работа в «Рыбпроме». Подготовка к побегу

Chapter VII

The pirates of Panama or The buccaneers of America : Chapter VII

Lolonois equips a fleet to land upon the Spanish islands of America, with intent to rob, sack and burn whatsoever he met with. OF this design Lolonois giving notice to all the pirates, whether at home or abroad, he got together, in a little while, above four hundred men; beside which, there was then in Tortuga another pirate, named Michael de Basco, who, by his piracy, had got riches sufficient to live at ease, and go no more abroad; having, withal, the office of major of the island. But seeing the great preparations that Lolonois made for this expedition, he joined him, and offered him, that if he would make him his chief captain by land (seeing he knew the country very well, and all its avenues) he would share in his fortunes, and go with him. They agreed upon articles to the great joy of Lolonois, knowing that Basco had done great actions in Europe, and had the repute of a good soldier. Thus they all embarked in eight vessels, that of Lolonois being the greatest, having ten guns of indifferent carriage. All things being ready, and the whole company on board, they set sail together about the end of April, being, in all, six hundred and sixty persons. They steered for that part called Bayala, north of Hispaniola: here they took into their company some French hunters, who voluntarily offered themselves, and here they provided themselves with victuals and necessaries for their voyage. From hence they sailed again the last of July, and steered directly to the eastern cape of the isle called Punta d'Espada.

Глава 21

Сквозь ад русской революции. Воспоминания гардемарина. 1914–1919. Глава 21

После полудня пароход пришвартовался в Ревеле. Вслед за быстрой проверкой документов и досмотром багажа военными и таможенными чиновниками мне позволили сойти на берег. По пути в комендатуру я с любопытством оглядывался вокруг. В отличие от Гельсингфорса узкие мостовые эстонской столицы казались запущенными. Городская жизнь и люди тоже казались другими. Очевиден был контраст между хорошо одетыми горожанами, прогуливающимися по тротуарам ухоженных улиц Гельсингфорса, и здешней пестрой толпой людей, одетых кое-как. Военные явно преобладали, но уступали финским: одетые в поношенную форму, они выглядели мрачными и неопрятными. В комендатуре мне дали адрес бараков для временных жильцов, и на следующий день рано утром я явился к капитану из морского отдела. После того как я отрапортовал о прибытии, он предложил мне стул и сообщил следующее. Особый морской полк из офицеров и матросов находился только в стадии формирования. Он должен был служить ядром более крупного соединения, где были люди, имевшие опыт военной службы и предназначенные для укомплектования кораблей Балтийского флота, как только Петроград перейдет в руки белых. Я рассчитывал на то, что меня включат в одно из боевых подразделений на фронте, и слова капитана подействовали на меня угнетающе. Ведь изложенный им план имел предварительный характер, а мы еще были так далеки от цели. Но я находился не в том положении, чтобы выражать свои сомнения, и на следующий же день оказался в Нарве, расположенной на несколько сотен миль ближе к линии фронта. Гардемарин не является полноценным младшим офицером, и я готовился служить рядовым.

Часть II. Тюрьма

Записки «вредителя». Часть II. Тюрьма

6. Жизнь в камере

Записки «вредителя». Часть II. Тюрьма. 6. Жизнь в камере

Чтобы понять жизнь подследственных в тюрьмах СССР, надо ясно представить себе, что тюремный режим преследует не только цель изоляции арестованных от внешнего мира и лишения их возможности уклонения от следствия или сокрытия следов преступлений, но, прежде всего, стремится к моральному и физическому ослаблению арестованных и к облегчению органам следствия получать от заключенных «добровольные признания» в несовершенных ими преступлениях. Содержание подследственного всецело зависит от следователя, который ведет его дело, и широко пользуется своим правом для давления на арестованного. Следователь не только назначает режим своему подследственному, то есть помещает в общую или одиночную камеру, разрешает или запрещает прогулку, передачу, свидание, чтение книг, но он же может переводить арестованного в темную камеру, карцер — обычный, холодный, горячий, мокрый и прочее. Карцер в подследственной тюрьме СССР совершенно потерял свое первоначальное значение, как меры наказания заключенных, нарушающих тюремные правила, и существует только как мера воздействия при ведении следствия. Тюремная администрация — начальник тюрьмы и корпусные начальники — совершенно не властна над заключенными и выполняет только распоряжения следователей. Во время моего более чем полугодового пребывания в тюрьме для подследственных я ни разу не видел случаев и редко слышал о наложении наказаний на заключенных тюремной администрацией. Карцер, лишение прогулок, передач и проч. налагались исключительно следователями и только как мера давления на ход следствия, а не наказания за поступки.

XVIII. В камере

Побег из ГУЛАГа. Часть 1. XVIII. В камере

«Церкви и тюрьмы сравняем с землей». Из советской песни. После предъявления обвинения меня перестали вызывать на допросы, забыли на четыре с половиной месяца. Какие-либо объяснения или, тем более, оправдания ГПУ считало лишними. В царских тюрьмах, прославленных своей жестокостью, заключение на время следствия проходило быстро, приговоренный знал срок, и каждый день, проведенный в тюрьме, приближал его к свободе. В СССР «следствие» часто тянулось пять — шесть месяцев, иногда и больше года. В царских тюрьмах, даже в самые реакционные годы, политических заключенных насчитывались единицы, и все принадлежали если не к противоправительственным партиям, то к более или менее активным оппозиционным группировкам. В СССР общее количество заключенных, вместе с ссыльными, превышает миллион, причем принадлежность к какой-нибудь организации практически исключается, а является плодом больного воображения ГПУ. Ссылаются без суда и следствия крестьяне; отсиживают бесконечно тянущееся надуманное следствие интеллигенты-специалисты и их семьи. Считая, что на одной Шпалерке помещается одновременно три тысячи человек и что состав меняется два — три раза в год, получим восемь — девять тысяч человек, почти исключительно интеллигентов. В Крестах, в корпусе ГПУ, из интеллигенции проходят в год тысячи человек. В Ленинграде есть, кроме того, бывшая военная тюрьма на Нижегородской улице и особые камеры на Гороховой.

IX. План побега

Побег из ГУЛАГа. Часть 2. IX. План побега

Второй раз встретиться было легче: сквозь тягость и прошлого, и настоящего нет-нет да пробивалась радость. Одно то, что мы сидели втроем за столом, ели вместе, волновало до слез. Так невероятно далеко по времени отстояло это простое счастье — быть рядом, не страшась, что смерть в любой день может отнять, по крайней мере, одного или двух из нас троих. После ужина мальчика уложили спать. От привезенных вещей — чашек, чайника, еще каких-то пустяков маячил призрак дома. Но, когда мальчик уснул и все в доме стихло, муж стал беспокоен. Вспомнил он или хотел спросить о чем-нибудь? Мне становилось не по себе, но он молчал, и страшно было вмешиваться в его мысли. Слишком много мы оба вынесли, чтобы с легкостью можно было раскрыть пережитое. — У меня безумная мысль, — заговорил он, наконец, глухо, еле слышно. — Бежать. Помнишь, перед арестом? — Да. — Это безумие? У меня кружилась голова, я не сразу смогла ответить. — Может быть, да, безумие, а может быть, это единственный выход. — Я все обдумал. Слушай. Дай листок бумаги и карандаш. Молча, быстро, точно он начертил западный берег Белого моря, заливы, губы, озера, реку, уходящую истоками на запад, линию железной дороги, несколько станций. — Вы приезжаете летом на свидание в Кандалакшу. Сделаю так, чтобы меня сюда послали. Если я напишу в письме что-нибудь о юге, значит, ничего не выходит; если о севере, значит, все хорошо.

1492 - 1559

From 1492 to 1559

From the Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492 to the end of the Italian Wars in 1559.

Lower Paleolithic reconstructions

Reconstructions of Lower Paleolithic daily life

From some 2.6 million to 300 000 years before present. The dating of the period beginning is rather floating. A new discovery may change it a great deal. It was too much time ago, fossils, artifacts of the period are more like scarce and their interpretations often seem to be confusing. The World is populated by the ancestors of humans, orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos. In a way, the split among these may be considered to be the mark of the true beginning of the Lower Paleolithic as a part of human history. It is then that the participants first stepped forward. Presumable early tools are not exemplary enough. Even if being eponymous. It is not exactly clear if they were real tools. And using objects is not an exclusive characteristic of humanity anyway. The use of objects was a purely instinctive practice for many and many hundreds of years. It did not have any principle difference from other animal activities and did not make Homos of Lower and most probably of Middle Paleolithic human in the proper sense of the word. Australopithecus and Homo habilis are typical for the earlier part. Later various subspecies of Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, coexisting much of the period. Occasional use of fire. Later possibly even control of fire.