1555 Painting of Pirates Burning Havana

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This is a depiction of the attack and sacking of Havana in 1555 by the French privateer Jacques de Sores. Thinking that the port contained the trasure from a shipwreck, de Sores seized the fortress, gained control of the town, and demanded ransom. When the ransom went unpaid, de Sores burned the town down, executed prisoners, and left. It was said that “the Greeks did not leave Troy worse” (de la Fuente 2).


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