Did Pirates Ever Roam The Pacific Ocean Near Washington State?
It’s hard to believe, but there have actually been pirates off the coast of Washington State. In fact, there have been a few different incidents throughout history that you might not be aware of.
One Famous Pirate Lost His Loot Near Seattle Washington
I did a little bit of research and was surprised to find that there had been a few infamous pirates that raided the Pacific Northwest and one pirate managed to lose their treasure near Seattle.
He was also one of the most ruthless pirates according to the Spanish, leading a fleet of ships up and down the coast of North America, plundering villages and towns along the way.
One of his biggest targets was the Pacific Northwest when he first landed in 1579.
Drake’s first foray into the Pacific Northwest came in 1579 when he sailed into present-day Oregon. It looks like the area known as Coos Bay Oregon is where he landed but there is some historical dispute on where he officially hit landfall.
He then continued plundering along the Oregon coast, heading back south to raid Spanish settlements in California. In all, Drake’s men looted tons of treasure from Spanish settlements in California and Oregon.
Drake apparently did return most of the treasure he looted from the Spanish.
Drake once boasted that he’d reached as far as Vancouver Canada looking for the infamous Northwest Passage but there is no historical record of him reaching that far north and historians assumed that bad weather made him turn around and head to was is considered modern-day San Francisco.
Sallow, according to legend, buried his treasure in the area that would someday be known as Seattle.
Sallow crafted a map and legend says the map was stolen and the treasure was never recovered. Sallow pursued the thief and was never heard from again.
You can read more about Iron Jim Swallow here.
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