The history of the Knights Templar has been mentioned in several books and is well read by most Freemasons. It covers the world of pirates and the Templars and is so engaging that has served for filmmakers in their artistic productions.
The Knights Templar had a great power, a huge reputation, has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and techniques, especially related to navigation, and an untold fortune. They possessed before their disappearance, one of the most powerful naval fleets of the Middle Ages, but after the end of the order no boat belonging to the Knights Templar was confiscated.
When they were exterminated in 1307, their huge fleet based at La Rochelle disappeared. One question, however, across the seas: what happened to the ships and the famous Templar treasure?
A good part of it had fled to the deep fjords of Scotland and referred to the charge of the family St. Clair (Sinclair) of Rosslyn – the forerunners of a new Masonic Order.
A story that uses the first historical beginnings of navigation and comes to the U.S. War of Independence, a bold historical theory that links the Order of the Temple with Christopher Columbus, with the piracy of the sixteenth, seventeenth and the beginning of Freemasonry on the American continent.
And what part of the fleet became the first pirate ships to fly flags with a picture of skull and crossbones, looting in the Mediterranean and later attacking the Vatican ships coming from the rich ports of the Americas.
“The Knights Templar Order was born, developed, reached its zenith, decayed and disappeared after a period of two hundred years (1118-1312).”
“King Philip, who had been diverting his looks and his greed for the huge Templar heritage and vast fortune on French soil, had the perfect conditions to pursue his ideas and execute his ambitious plan: The extinction of the order of the Templars with the support of the Pope.“
“On the night of October 13, 1307, Philip launched a powerful surprise attack on all French Templar facilities, capturing 15,000 men, besides its Grand Master Jacques de Molay and his guard of 60 men. However, despite the efforts, not all the Templars were arrested, 24 men have managed to escape and the entire templar naval fleet exited the French ports.“
So what happened with that fleet that sailed to unknown places? Many historians agree they incorporated the Portuguese fleets (perhaps because of the affinity between Portugal and Britain) and the Scottish fleet.
Baigent and Leigt in “The Temple and the Lodge” state:
“… The Templar fleet escaped en masse of the various ports of the Mediterranean and northern Europe and left for a mysterious destination where they could find safety and asylum. This fate would be Scotland, via Portugal, where a part of it would be built. “
“… Coincidence or not, European piracy began at that time and their pattern suggests that many pirates were not mere buccaneers who attacked anyone, but ‘very curious pirates’ that limited their attention to the ships of the Vatican and others loyal to Catholicism (Spanish , French, Italian, etc.). “
“… When the Spanish Inquisition was established in the New World after 1492, the ‘Templar pirates’ extended their attacks to the Caribbean and even to the Pacific ports of Peru and Mexico, all in the name of a naval war that was fought for over 200 years. “