Pirates are very much part of the Caribbean culture and history. Fermin Anonio Mundaca was a pirate who lived on Isla Mujeres in the late 1800s . As legend has it, he made his fortune by selling captured slaves to plantations and by pirating. He built a huge hacienda on the island and dedicated it to an island girl whom he fell in love with. Unfortunately she married another leaving Mundaca to die a lonely, recluse. You can see his empty grave (he died in Merida, Yucatan) in the island cemetary. Carved by his own hands are the skull and cross bones, in memory of his pirating days and the words meant for his unrequitted love, “As you are, I was. As I am, you will be”.
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