Posted: Feb 10 2017, 10:07 AM
It's the second half of the year 1720 in the West Indies. There is finally peace between Spain, England, France and Netherlands. The colonial plantations and the related trade are blooming, with other crafts following the trend… but for how long? For most rich people, who had invested an important part of their assets in the French Compagnie des Indes or in its English counterpart, the bubbles can mean losing more than they can afford.
In Port de Paix, a ship coming mid-August from France had told news about the Great Plague of Marseilles, which had started at the end of May and early June, so the people arriving to tell the tale have been the first to run away from it before it proliferated, and they had no suspicious deaths aboard during the two months and a half needed for the crossing. Some of the upcoming ships might be not so lucky anymore.
Given that all the colonial powers got allied against the common enemy - pirates, who were looting indiscriminately, the wisest pirates knew when to retire and to become plantation owners, smugglers or merchants. One would hear more about Jack Rackham and Bartholomew Roberts in this period, as others had been killed in battles or brought to justice in the islands. Charles Vane was caught and tried along with many others in March 1720, even if he was hanged one year later. At his turn, Jack Rackham will be caught in October 1720 and hanged one month later, in Kingston. Bartholomew Roberts would find his death in battle, in February 1722. So, the privateers remain in the business only for hunting pirates, making their trade more difficult to survive, and the Navies still have what to do.
On the sea, ships are fighting storms and other ships. On the islands, life goes on; people work, pray, drink, brawl, party, fall in love or break up. In a world where nobody is what they seem to be, people have their own secrets: spying, smuggling, mercenary contracts, disguises and lies, shady deals, and rivalries.
What happens next? Who will be fighting whom, who will lose how much and how? Whose lovers will weep, and whose will party, covered in expensive gifts? Who will raise from the ashes of the war into a blooming colonial life?
That's entirely up to our writers... and to you! Sharpen your blades, load your guns, drain the last sip of rhum and raise to swashbuckling adventure, spending some time with us in this new CARIBBEAN DAWN!