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Subject: Cartagena - the real life incident? rss

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Martin Kulp
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Curious, I tried to look up the supposedly "famous" pirate prison escape from Cartagena that the game refers to. Searching Google in numerous ways, I first had to add the term "-game" to weed out any references to the boardgame, which is all I was getting. I searched several histories of Cartagena. Many, many references to pirate sieges of the city to capture its treasure of gold and emeralds from the recently plundered Inca empire, but not a single mention of a specific 1672 jail escape. I then turned to my thick, 1000-page world history book that holds up my computer monitor. Nothing.

So what the hell is the game referring to? Does anybody have a reference for this?
 
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Jorge Montero
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I'd have expected more coverage of the jail escape: The bizarre tales of pirates moving forward and backwards for no good reason would be fascinating to any historian.
 
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Scott Woodard
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Just remember, the movie Fargo (one of my favorite films, btw) opened with a title card that read: "This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred."

Thing is, THAT statement isn't actually true. I love the Coen brothers!

~Scott

 
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Greg Aleknevicus
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The "famous prison escape" is a fabrication.
 
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