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Tortuga

[tawr-too-guh] /tɔrˈtu gə/
noun
1.
an island off the N coast of and belonging to Haiti: formerly a pirate stronghold. 23 miles (37 km) long; 70 sq. mi. (180 sq. km).
French La Tortue.
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  • Returning to St. Domingo, he was hailed as a father by the hunters, who proposed to him to recover Tortuga.

  • Nor was he likely, on account of it, to allow himself to run to rust in the security of Tortuga.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • The filibusters had begun to organize bases of operation on the islands of Signale and Lucayas, similar to those of Tortuga.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Are you related by chance to my good friend the Governor of Tortuga?

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • He had gone on some wild-goose chase to Tortuga after buccaneers, taking the whole of the fleet with him.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • I'll be getting back to Tortuga and my buccaneers, who at least are honest, decent fellows.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Sometimes Blood asked himself why had he come back to Tortuga at all.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Your son I carried with me to Tortuga, where we had a small settlement.

    The Pirate Sir Walter Scott
  • The next day the Spaniards discovered a number of headlands, and an islet, called Tortuga Island.

  • That is a Tortuga, or land-tortoise, tracing its singular double trail.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for Tortuga

Tortuga

/tɔːˈtuːɡə/
noun
1.
an island in the Caribbean, off the NW coast of Haiti: haunt of pirates in the 17th century. Area: 180 sq km (70 sq miles) French name La Tortue (la tɔrty)
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