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Believed to have been named after King Charles II, Charlestown was a popular port for Pirates and Buccaneers. Often the governors were sympathetic and for a portion of the booty, allowed the Captains to exchange their loot and store the bulk of their treasure.
As a result the town housed a huge garrison of troops to prevent it from being plundered by bold and daring pirates. However the town was successfully sacked in 1719 by Captain Howell Davis.

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