The Pirate Mundaca is a well-known figure to those who frequent Cancun’s ‘Jolly Roger Pirate Ship’ tours as he is a fictional character who strides through the Galleon during each show. But did you know that there was a real Pirate Mundaca?
Historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid has written an article for the magazine “Pioneers” which suggests that he was more than just this. Fermín Antonio Mundaca was in fact a real life, first class pirate who practically ruled Isla Mujeres in his day. Check out what we now know about Mundaca;
Early Years of Pirate Mundaca
Fermín Antonio Mundaca was born on October 11, 1825 in Villa de Bermeo in Spain. Madrid thinks that the first few decades of Mundaca’s life were spent learning about navigation and architecture.
Pirate Mundaca the Slave Trader
Nobody knows much about the first years of Mundacas life, but we do know that when he burst into history he did so on Isla Mujeres, most likely on the run from authorities following some crime or other. Some think this may be to do with his illicit slaving activities. Whatever the case, Mundaca chose to make Isla Mujeres his home. There are some whisperings about the relationship he had with the Yucatan government. Some think he may have acted as a slaver selling Mayans to Cuba.
A mere 2 years after his surfacing in Isla Mujeres the pirate Mundaca had firmly established himself. It is said that he fell in love with a beautiful woman who lived on Isla Mujeres, and that it was his desire to impress Prisca Gómez Pantoja, otherwise called “La Trigueña” (the Brunette), that caused him to build Vista Alegre. His home, now referred to as Hacienda Mundaca, covered around 40% of the Island and included orchards, large gardens, wells, arches and even a tomb for Mundaca! Sadly he was never buried there; Mundaca died 200 miles away in Merida.
A Reclusive Pirate?
All reports suggest that he was a solitary kind of person who had little contact with anyone other than his servants, plantation workers and business contacts.
La Trigueña was the supposed focus of the pirate Mundaca’s attentions, and if the reports of her are true it’s easy to see why. She was said to have skin the color of honey and eyes that were olive colored and it was thought that all the men of the island were in love with her. She never returned Mundacas affections, however, and legend has it he died of a broken heart while in Merida.
If you’d like to know more about Fermín Antonio Mundaca you can check out the article from which we got our information: http://www.revistapioneros.com/fermin-mundaca-dueno-de-todo-menos-del-corazon-de-la-triguena/