"Leverage", says you. "I think I feel a change in the wind," says I. I'll find
us a crew.
3. Feast one's eyes on
意为"愉快地欣赏，观看……"，例如：I'm feasting my eyes on this new sculpture--it's wonderful.
4. Worth one's salt
意为"某人（通常指被雇用的）所干的活/所起的作用值得付给他的那些钱"，例如： We couldn't find an assistant worth
Tortuga 就是片中Jack 和 Will
A large (about 85 square miles) and rocky Island, separated by a narrow
channel from the northwestern coast of Hispaniola. The island's name (?le de la
Tortue, "Turtle Island") refers to its shape. Viewed from Hispaniola, it
resembles a monster sea turtle floating upon the waves.
Tortuga initially served as a haven for cattle hunters on Hispaniola. The
Spanish government, based at Santo Domingo, had abandoned western Hispaniola in
1605, but the colonial militia continued to attack the hunters. Mountainous and
inaccessible to the north, and with only one harbor on the south, Tortuga
offered safe refuge. By the 1620's, cattle hunters had a rough place of
settlement near the harbor, where they sold hides to visiting merchants.
Sea rovers passing through from Europe found Tortuga a convenient harbor. The
island provides good access around northern Hispaniola to the coast of Central
America. To the south, Cuba and Mexico are easily reached through the Windard
Passage, although the return journey against the wind is difficult. The Tortuga
huntsmen soon began to supplement their income by piracy. By the late 1620's,
Dutch fleets had weakened Spanish naval power, encouraging freelance marauders.
To end raids from Tortuga, troops from Santo Domingo invaded the island in late
1630. But the islanders simply fled to the hills, returning as soon as the
Spanish ships had left.
From 1631 to 1635, Tortuga was protected by the Providence Company, which
already had a base on (Old) Providence Island, off the Honduran coast. Anthony
Hilton, a former ship captain persuaded the Company to adopt Tortuga and was
appointed governor. Hilton, a most persuasive rogue, had quarreled with the
Barbados government and founded a colony on Nevis in 1628. He was chased away by
the Spanish the following year, leaving behind large debts in Nevis and Saint
The agreement with the Company was a rue to protect Hilton's buccaneer
associates. Hilton (who died in 1634) never paid the Company for the cannon and
ammunition it supplied. The Puritan minister sent by the Company fled after two
years to escape his unruly flock!
Guided by an Irish sailor who had quarreled with Hilton, a force from Santo
Domingo sacked the Tortuga settlement in 1635. Spanish ships attacked again in
1635 and killed any of the inhabitants they could find. Soon after, a Captain
Roger Flood arrived with 300 settlers from Nevis. The Frenchmen still living on
Tortuga claimed Flood abused them, forcing them to flee to Hispaniola.
The French inhabitants requested aid from Philippe de Poincy, the French
governor-general. To solve his own political problems, de Poincy appointed Jean
Le Vasseur governor in 1642. Le Vasseur, a skilled engineer, built an
impregnable fortress near the harbor and cut all ties with France. During the
next 12 years the Island became the capitol of Caribbean Piracy.