SIR HENRY MORGAN
A pleasant afternoon
to you, my friends. May I introduce myself? My name is Henry Morgan - Sir
Henry Morgan and I was the Admiral and Governor of Jamaica. You see, my family
all held official positions of power in Jamaica and my uncle Edward was governor.
So when uncle Edward needed an able bodied man to admiral of Jamaicas
fleet he naturally chose me. At the very same time my good friends the local
pirates elected me to become the successor to Edward Mansfield and leader
of all pirate activities in Jamaica. As an English officer and pirate general
I quickly became the terror of all Spaniards in the West Indies.
I wasnt afraid of the open water and some of my most successful pirate
attacks on seaside settlements were in Cuba, Nicaragua and Mexico. I didnt
neglect your fair state of New Jersey, though. You might have noticed a section
of Sayerville thats called Morgan. Yes, thats name
after me - well, after my famous descendants.
My downfall came in Panama, where I was captured by Spain and returned, as
Spain was afraid of me, to Britain for trial. Good King Charles II recognized
my great talent so instead of hanging me, he had me knighted and sent me back
to Jamaica as governor of the island. My mission? To rid the waters of buccaneers
and pirates. To no ones surprise, I was largely successful in that task
and lived a long and happy life in Jamaica.
There are rumors that I buried some of my vast treasure in New Jersey. Are
they true? Id never tell you, my friends. I may be dead but Im
far from stupid. I bid you a fond good day from Sir Henry Morgan, Admiral,
King and Pirate.