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Roger Vane was also apprehended but not in so ferocious a manner Vane was shipwrecked and picked up by a vessel whose crew knew nothing of his exploits That ship in turn was met by a British frigate whose captain upon spotting the infamous Vane arrested him posthaste Taken to Kingston Jamaica Vane was tried convicted and hanged for piracy Nor did any of the other eight pirates escape the determined Governor Rogers They were hanged from gallows standing on what is now the British Colonials west beach Having cleaned up the port city Woodes Rogers moved into Fort Nassau and lived there until his death a few years later from mysterious causes The Bahamas were an ideal location for buccaneering The region was a major shipping lane Many of the Spanish boats laden with treasure after plundering South and Central America were in turn plundered as they came through The Islands of The Bahamas on their way to Europe The hundreds of islets and cays allowed pirate ships to hide from and pounce on their unwitting prey and the numerous sandbars and reefs put the captains of heavy slow treasure-laden galleons at a distinct disadvantage After the galleons were relieved of their precious cargo the islands many limestone caverns provided the plunderers with convenient caches for their treasure Some of which may still be there today There were many major and minor pirates and privateers who plied the waters of The Bahamas Each of them like tourists today had a favorite island Henry Morgan whose treasure has yet to be found preferred the dangerous shoals off Andros Captain Kidd lurked at Kidd Cove his favorite anchorage in Elizabeth Harbour Exuma William Catt is reputed to have buried treasure in the waters off Cat Island and the infamous Anne Bonney also favored this area In San Salvador British pirate captain George Watling took over the island and named it after himself The
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