Fastpass to History ~ Real Pirates of the Caribbean
|Castaway Cay April 2013|
But did you ever wonder about the real history of Castaway Cay?
To begin with, Castaway Cay (pronounced "Key") originally known as Gorda Cay is a relatively new discovery as far as islands go. Virtually unvisited until a chance discovery of Spanish ingots on an outlying shoal, the island played host to many in the years before 1997 when Disney bought a 99 year lease on the island from the Bahamian government. The adventures of the islands real inhabitants is far stranger and more unbelievable than any legend that followed.
|Are there pirates?|
Gorda Cay's experience with buccaneers far predates the arrival of Disney Cruise Line, the Flying Dutchman (since removed) and Jack Sparrow. The island is believed to have originally been a hideout for such notorious characters as Blackbeard, Anne Bonney and Mary Read. Gorda Cay served as an ideal location for these pirates to catch ships laden with New World riches as they followed the trade route and headed back to Europe from the colonies.
|Current Day Castaway Cay Family Beach|
Do you have any parts of Disney where you wonder about the back story behind the back story?
Want to know more about Castaway Cay?
For a fascinating firsthand look at the pirates, eccentrics, drug cartels and farmers who really occupied the island, I recommend Robert Antoni's fascinating "Blackbeard Doesn't Come Here Anymore." He does an excellent job breathing life into the islands recent history, drawing on his time as a small boy when he and his grandfather would make the run from Grand Bahama and enjoy the island before and during the construction of the airstrip.