Pirate Rescue

Author(s): Russell Cole

Theme: Pirates

Main Curriculum Focus
History: a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
how privateering became a low cost war against the Spanish for Britain
how sailors lived and worked in the 17th century
Geography of the the Caribbean sea, islands and Central America
emergence and importance of European colonialism in The New World in the 17th century

Inquiry Question
"Social What was life like in Port Royal and on a privateer’s ship?
Political How much money was the British Government making from privateering?
Environmental How did the jungle conditions affect the buccaneers on their raid to Panama City?
Ethical Is privateering ethically right? Should Morgan have been made the Governor of Jamaica?"

Expert Team: The biggest, baddest gang of cutthroat pirates and buccaneers the Spanish Main had ever scene. Gleaned from British, Dutch and French soldiers of fortune. Experts in seamanship, navigation and warfare.

Client(s): King Charles Ⅱ (client) commissions the governor of Jamaica, Thomas Modyford

The commission is twofold. Firstly, these men will need to sack and plunder Panama City and bring back to Port Royal as much treasure as possible. Secondly, and most importantly, the mission will only be a true success should the army locate and return an unidentified white British man in his thirties who is being held captive by the Spanish. His identity will be kept secret as he is of the utmost importance and value to the Crown.


A gang of cut-throat pirates is hired by the king's representative, Thomas Modyford to embark on a dangerous and secret mission into the heart of the Caribbean on a mission to kidnap an enemy of the crown.

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