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Published on Mar 30, 2012
Not only did the Spaniards steal the gold and silver from the Indians they forced them to melt down their own gold and silver. They also made them mint their gold and silver into money for the Spanish. The gold coins were called doubloons and the silver coins were called pieces of eight. The Spanish loaded the gold and silver money onto their ships and sent it across the Spanish Main and the Atlantic Ocean to Spain. The pirates knew that the gold and silver carried by the Spanish ships was stolen, so they didn't think that taking it away from the Spanish thieves was wrong. Most of the treasure never reached Spain. Many ships sank during strong storms and the treasure was lost at the bottom of the sea. Some, however, was taken by the pirates.