THEY DID!!! WOOT WOOT!!! Lego fun here we come!!!
Newfoundland has had a few pirates but the best known of them is Peter Easton. Depending on the Youtube video you want he's in the top 15 of the worst pirates.
Peter Easton was a man who started out his life working a commission for the Queen of England. His job... Take three battle ships and patrol the coast of the world. Easy enough, did his job. WHILE he was doing this job a new king (James I) came into power. The war with Spain ended, England, with no battles to fight, decreased it's military might leaving Peter Easton and his men stranded. No pay, no way home. What to do, what to do?
AH HA!!! Piracy! Therein lies the answer. And he was awfully good at it to, for within seven years he was known as the "Notorious Pirate". In 1610 he was the wealthiest, most feared pirate in the Western Hemisphere. 5,000 men plus 40 ships.
He fortified Harbour Grace Bay and there is still an Island named after him.
He eventually retired, married and settled down. He was known in the end as the Marquis of Savoy.
This led us into the story of the Castle built ... well. at what is now often called Castle Hill. :) Built on a site now call Placentia, Castle Hill is a walk back in time. King Henry XIV wanted to establish a strong base for New France, so he built a Castle hill to be a base of operations.
As we looked for castles on youtube my son was delighted to find this minecraft video that use Easton's name in it. He kept saying "well done but mom, they must be using a different tone/skin pack. I bet I could do this if I worked hard at in creative mode".
Pirates of Canada.
The Pirate King.
Castle Hill National Historic Site.