In thrall to the exchequer

Hector Barbossa ran away to sea as a teenager. He was an honest young seaman but grew envious of the privileges enjoyed by the officer classes on the ships he served. Envy made him realise that a life of piracy would earn him an easier and more lucrative passage. Barbossa rose quickly up the ranks and, whilst serving as first mate, he led a mutiny against his captain to gain control of the ship and to secure the only map that located the Isla de Muerta. On Muerta lay buried the chest of Cortez

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