My family’s roots in South America begin with Salvador Morales, a Corsair in service of the Spanish Treasure Fleet during the late-17th century. A revered naval commander, he spent decades protecting Spanish interests in the New World Colonies, defending merchant vessels crossing the Atlantic, laying siege to ships belonging to hostile foreign powers, and hunting down rabid buccaneers.
But by 1688 The Spanish Empire was on the decline, and answering a call to adventure, Salvador broke rank with the fleet and set sail to explore the continent. I’ve spent the last several years piecing together his journey from scraps and clues I’ve been able to gather. The result of which is a cocktail bar experience called Corsair.