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Housed in a fortress that once protected Canarians against pirates, a museum about the era of bucaneers, privateers, and freebooters

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Museum of Piracy


Over the centuries, one of the downsides of Lanzarote's and the other Canary Islands' location was that it made them the target of invasions and most especially raids by pirates and privateers, especially from North Africa's Barbary Coast, in search of booty as well as slaves - to the point where the Canaries' still existing Guanche population had to take refuge in fortresses and caves in the 16th through 18th centuries. One of those fortresses, Santa Bárbara, is now home to the Museo de la Piratería de Teguise, which recreates the histories of some of the more notorious, such as Francis Drake and Robert Blake, as well as displays of firearms, swords, maps, scale models (such as an 18th-century Spanish galleon) and information about Canarian militias and defenders. Other material includes cartoons and crafts of the period.

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