Haiti - Ile a Vache

Sans Peur
Grete & Fred Vithen
Mon 14 May 2018 01:55
18 06 20N 73 41 80W  Ile a Vache, Haiti 

Île-à-Vache, former Spanish name Isla Vaca (Cow Island).

Île-à-Vache was claimed by the Spanish Empire in 1492 as part of Hispaniola, and for the next two centuries it was known by the name Isla Vaca. In 1697 the island of Hispaniola was formally divided between Spain and France.

The island is about 13 km long and 3.2 km wide. The population of the island in 2015 was 14,004 adult inhabitants.

The English pirate captain Henry Morgan (c.1635–1688) frequently used the little island as a base for his operations. Morgan planned and staged many of his largest raids from Isla Vaca, and lost multiple ships in the island's waters which have recently been found and explored by research divers.

Captain Henry Morgan.

In January 1669, Morgan brought ten ships and 800 men to Isla Vaca as a rendezvous point before launching a raid on the Spanish city of Cartagena. Because he and his fellow buccaneers had just captured two French warships, they decided to celebrate in the easily accessible Ferret Bay on the northwest side of the island. They made a fire to roast several pigs and fired the cannons of their flagship as was typical for a buccaneer celebration. In the midst of their drunken revelry, the ship's gunpowder magazine was accidentally lit, triggering an explosion that blew up Morgan's flagship Oxford. In the explosion, Morgan, who was on board the ship, was thrown through the window of his quarters and into the sea. He survived the accident, but the Oxford sank, taking down with it the two captured French warships (which were tied to it) and about 200 of his men.

So it seems that the Caribbean has been the playground for the "nice guys" from Spain, France and England.

Always working in the interest of them selfes on behalf of ... natives, blacks ... 

What a wonderful world (Not)!

We are still at anchor outside this small island, a part of Haiti.

This is by far the most out of the normal route we been in the Caribbean, so far.
Just a few nice serious sailors around.

Very basic and simple in a nice way. No cars, no electricity, gravel paths and roads.
There is a few small motor bikes around. Used as Taxis as well.

Small sailing boats every where used for transports, fishing etc.
Canoes made of one log.

It's rare to see something like this.

Yesterday we took a stroll along the coast to visit a local market. By all means local and in our eyes almost hard breaking simple.
But most people seems to be happy and content. There are schools full of happy smiling "dolls".

Today we cleaned the hull with help from a local fishermen. He was like a fish in the water and the hull, prop and bow thruster was cleaned in no time. Nice!

There are so many of them trying there best to find a way to "help" us. Every one wants a share.

Any work on the boat? Cleaning, polishing ...
There is no end to it.

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