The Caribbean coast wasn’t always the
wild, wild east clean, orderly paradise you see today. It wasn’t so long ago that these waterways were used as pirate hideouts.
The entire country drains to the Caribbean side. That means wide, deep rivers and lots of them. Add to that lagoons, bays and islands and you have a perfect maze of hiding places for anyone not wanting to be found. It was a pirate back in the 1630s named Abraham Blauvelt that founded Bluefields and gave it his name. It was from between here and Bluefields Bay, Jamaica that he would organize raids against Spanish ships and sell the ill-gotten gains in New Amsterdam (New York, as it is known today).
Since the days of Blauvelt, the coast has been used by small-time English pirates and local raiders, even up to recent days. The Gulf King Shrimp boats would on occasion face midnight raids by guys paddling up in wooden canoes, brandishing assault rifles and robbing whatever was worth taking (except shrimp, of course). That is, until one night when the raiders found a group of Nicaraguan soldiers waiting for them.
They got off lucky.
This plaque sits quietly in a far corner of the park in Bluefields:
Here those who were condemned of treason and other crimes were hung and decapitated, used often by English pirates and the Mosquito king.
Just a reminder of the history of the Caribbean coast.