The Legend of Admiral Alejandro Ruiz
The Story of Isla de los Muertos
Captain Alejandro Ruiz was the admiral of a fleet of 6 vessels carrying spices, silver, gold, and other supplies to Spain during the war against the French in the mid 1600ís. This trip was the last time Ruiz was going to be back to the new world, as he had met a woman named Maria Lopez and fell in love. Within a month of courtship they were married and she accompanied him back on his flagship to live a happy life in Spain. While on this journey, his ship passed by the island of Puerto Rico and was attacked by a larger fleet of French ships. The admiral of the French fleet, Jean Philippe du Richard, saw what he thought was an easy target and attacked the smaller Spanish fleet.
A lengthy battle ensued between the two rival flagships and the two captains fought to a standstill. During the fight, Maria decided to come to the aid of her husband, as she was a skilled fighter with a blade. Jean Philippe was mortally wounded, up against the wall, and pulled out a flintlock pistol. He fired. At the same instant, Marie jumped in front of her husband and took the bullet in his stead, stumbled, uttered the name, ďAlejandroÖĒ before dying and falling overboard.
Ruiz was devastated, stood, stabbed Philippe in the chest and with his remaining strength pushed him off the ship, presumably to his death. The battle was over. Ruizís crippled fleet limped to a nearby island and found a safe harbor, a large cave system and jungles full of wood that would aid in the repair of his ships. With his hatred of the French burning ever deeper, he decided to set up camp on this island and attack any French ships he could find in the area as a pirate. He denounced his Spanish allegiances and became a pirate. He made a pact that any ship he boarded would be purged of life, and there would be no quarter for the crew. All would be put to the sword. He has been named and enemy of both the French and Spanish crowns and is now a wanted fugitive.
In the ensuing months, he has built a small settlement on the island, set up watch towers, a villa for himself, and made an alliance of a witch doctor that has healed his men after battles against his enemies.
The fate of Jean Philippe du Richard was never established. His body was never recovered, and there are rumors that he still yet lives, ready to meet his mortal enemy in battle once and for all. Until then, Ruiz waits for the day when he can finally have revenge against the man who killed his lover.