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Such a solution were anticipated by way of Morgan, who had shaped his decision as a result. once the messenger lower back, he convened his comrades within the sq. of Maracäibo, to whom he communicated the commander’s letter and verbal answer, after which requested them,– ‘Will you buy your liberty via the sacrifice of your entire plunder? Or might you really struggle in defence of it? ’ all of them unanimously declared that they might struggle to the final drop in their blood, instead of surrender, in the sort of cowardly demeanour, what had expense them such a lot of hazards. but if they'd mirrored fasting upon their scenario, and had coolly in comparison their power with the forces in their adversaries, this effusion of enthusiasm subsided a bit. by no means sooner than had any corporation or physique of freebooters been positioned in such serious conditions, during which their braveness was once paralysed, and within which they can neither foresee nor anticipate a beneficial end. at the following day, hence, they approved their captain to publish those proposals to the Spanish admiral:– ‘The freebooters supply to evacuate the Maracäibo, with no committing any harm to the town, and with out insisting extra at the ransom; and even as to set at liberty all of the prisoners, part the slaves, and the hostages they'd introduced from Gibraltar as securities for the contributions promised. ’ those proposals have been contemptuously rejected by way of Don Alphonso, who left the pirates basically days to simply accept his first capitulation. in the event that they endured in refusing it, they need to adventure all his strength: it purely remained for the pirates to make their selection among a shameful retreat, preceded by means of the restitution of all their booty, and a mortal engagement. From this second Morgan excited all his courageous partners in fingers to the main persevering task. He ordered all his hostages, prisoners, and slaves to be secured, and thoroughly watched: subsequent he ordered the entire pitch, tar, and sulphur he had, to be gathered jointly, in addition to all of the gunpowder he may spare, with the intention to convert one in every of his biggest vessels right into a fire-ship; whither he directed all his combustibles to be conveyed. He shaped quite a few lots of pitch and sulphur, combined with tar and powder, and correct to be shot; and took each attainable degree to provide the best impression to those remarkable expedients. The facet planks of the ships have been ready at the inside of in this kind of demeanour that they'd burst and shiver to items: there has been now not a unmarried stratagem that he didn't conceive, as a way to disguise either the character and quantity of his protecting assets. Upon deck have been positioned blocks of wooden dressed like males, with hats, fingers, and colored outfits; in order that those figures may perhaps at a distance be taken for squaddies. within the physique of the vessel have been made numerous port holes, within which have been positioned items of painted wooden, rounded within the form of cannons. On her helm was once hoisted a wide English flag, that not anything may perhaps even appear to be short of, as a way to provide her the looks of a big English send of struggle.