An island in the West Indies off northern Haiti. It was a pirate refuge in the 1600s.
(place) Island of Haiti, off the NW coast: 69 sq mi (179 sq km)
Tortuga Sentence Examples
La Viuda is off the port of Casma, in 9° 23' 30" S.; and Tortuga is 2 m.
The small island of Tortuga (north-west of Hispaniola) was seized for this purpose in 1630, converted into a magazine for the goods of the rivals, and made their headquarters, Santo Domingo itself still continuing their hunting ground.
Eight years later, however, watching their opportunity when many buccaneers were absent in the larger island, the Spaniards attacked Tortuga, and massacred every settler they could seize.
She had named the governor of St Kitts "Governor-General for the French West India Islands," and in 1641 he took possession of Tortuga, expelled all English from the island, and attempted the same with less success in Santo Domingo.