As we shared our cruising plans during the years and months prior to our departure, it was not uncommon to face the question “Aren’t you afraid of pirates? We were a bit surprised by this, but perhaps we shouldn’t have been considering how frequently modern day piracy is reported in the headlines. We have no plans to visit piracy hot spots, and we expect our travels in the U.S. and even the Bahamas to be no riskier than a trip back home in the Strait of Georgia.
What we have found along the south-east coast of the U.S. is a long history of piracy going back to the early conflicts between England, France and Spain as they jockeyed for power in this part of the new world. Although largely illegal and officially disdained by the powers that be, much was tolerated of these ‘privateers’ if it was seen to further the political interests of one side or the other (hmm, perhaps that sounds a bit familiar).
Our last stop in Florida before crossing into Georgia was Fernadina Beach, which reputedly was a rough and tumble pirates den until the 1800’s. Although traces of Blackbeard and his ilk are evident, we found the town to be very safe and pleasant, with many heritage buildings and homes from the Victorian era.
On to Georgia, where we especially looking forward to our visit to Savannah.