The Spanish Main was the area that comprises Central America and the Northern Coast of South America. In other words, the Spanish colonies in the Americas. Ground zero for the Spanish Main would probably be Darien on the Isthmus of Panama. The land was rich in wealth, particularly gold, silver, and precious gems. When Spain wasn't trying to Christianize the natives of the area, they were raping, pillaging, and plundering. Unfortunately for Spain, most of the wealth of the Mainland was not located where ships could easily reach it. This meant the gold would be moved by pack animals to fortified ports that were built along the coast. It was at this point that Spain most vulnerable to attack. Some of the key port cities were port cities were Portobello and Darien in the area of present day Panama and Cartagena near present day Venezuela.
Of course the pirates were well aware of the methods Spain used for moving treasure and they were willing to risk the dangers of the mosquito infested swamps in order to relieve Spain of its wealth. Despite heavily armed guards, the trail through the jungle afforded ample opportunity for pirates to ambush the gold trains. The trails were narrow, and did not allow the Spaniards to maneuver. Furthermore the Pirates would often attack at dusk, after the Spaniards had had a long and arduous march through the jungle. If the ambush failed, the Pirates could melt back into the jungle, confident that the Spaniards would not follow.
The soldiers could not pursue the attackers for fear that the ambush was simply a diversion and that the main attack would occur after the Spanish split up their forces. In all, the pirates held the upper hand.
The gold trains would move the treasure to the fortified ports set up along the coast. These fortified ports were probably the best defended locations along the Spanish Main and also the richest. For the most part it was foolhardy to attempt an attack on such a heavily fortified area despite the riches that it contained and pirates rarely bothered to attack such a place. Of course Henry Morgan was an exception to this rule, as was Francis Drake. His most daring accomplishment was the sacking of Portobello (located in modern day Panama).It should be noted, however, that this action was done as a Privateer and with the support of a large fleet commissioned by the England.
The ports themselves had shore batteries with larger cannons than the most of the pirate ships could carry. Combine this with higher, thicker walls, and you have an area that was impervious to attack from the sea. The ports would often get the first and possible the second and third round off before the ships could even get close enough to fire. This is, of course, if you could even get that close because the Ports would also have Galleons on hand which could come out to greet you before you even got with in cannon distance of the port.
The main vulnerability in the ports was their lack of protection from the landward side. Spain assumed that the jungle was good enough protection for this area. For the most part Spain was correct. Text taken from http://pirates.hegewisch.net/spmain.html 4.6.17, Trade cards found in the HC collection (were previously glued to a page as evidenced by missing portions and glue residue on the back of each card), it is possible the cards were originally part of 1957.2 donation, however no documentation currently (2015) exists to prove this., Allen & Ginter
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Engraving of the Allen & Ginter mascot and warehouses in Richmond, Virginia (from an 1886 promotional book)
Allen and Ginter was the Richmond, Virginia, tobacco manufacturing firm formed by John Allen and Lewis Ginter in 1865.
The firm created and marketed the first cigarette cards for collecting and trading. Some of the cards in the series include Charles Comiskey, Cap Anson, Jack Glasscock, and Buffalo Bill. Since 2006, a revived version of the trading card brand has been issued by Topps.
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6.1 Information on Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Card Sets
The firm of Allen & Ginter was founded in 1865. In 1882 Allen retired, leaving Ginter, who retained the firm name despite taking on one John Pope as new partner. The first tobacco company to employ female labor, by 1886 they had 1,100 employees, predominantly girls, who rolled the cigarettes.
The company offered a prize for the invention of a machine able to roll cigarettes (which until then had been hand-rolled). James Albert Bonsack won this prize with his 1880/81 invention. Because it was not completely reliable, all but one of the large tobacco manufacturers declined to buy the machine. James Buchanan Duke did buy this cigarette rolling machine in 1885 and used it to great success; by 1890 he had consolidated his four major competitors, including Allen & Ginter, and formed the American Tobacco Company. The "Allen & Ginter Company" was no more, but Lewis Ginter sat on the board of the American Tobacco Company.
An Allen & Ginter baseball card of Charles Comiskey, issued in 1887 (N28).
The cigarette brands of Allen & Ginter included Richmond Gems, Virginia Brights, Perfection, Dandies and Little Beauties. There were various tobacco era sets released as promotional items for these products. The most popular and highly sought after of these sets is the 1888 N28 Allen & Ginter card set.
In 2006 Topps resurrected the Allen & Ginter trading card brand name. As of 2012 it remains one of their most popular, highest selling brands in their product lineup.
Under the Topps banner, Allen & Ginter cards began to feature hand painted cards of current baseball players as well as various insert sets featuring standout athletes in other sports, pop culture icons, and historical figures ranging from Wee-Man to Davy Crockett and everything in between.
From 2006-2009 Dick Perez was commissioned to hand paint special one of one insert cards in the style of Allen & Ginter. Perez created 30 art cards each of those years featuring the prominent stars of the game.
The best known of the Allen & Ginter insert sets however, are the DNA Hair Relic cards. These highly lauded cards feature strands of hair from famous historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, King George III, George Washington and many others 
Wood, James P. (1886). The Industries of Richmond: Her Trade, Commerce, Manufactures and Representative Establishments. Richmond, Virginia: The Metropolitan Publishing Co. pp. 59–60.
Pritcher, Lynn. "More About Tobacco Advertising and the Tobacco Collections." Duke University Libraries. 24 January 2008. 10 April 2008.
"2006 Allen & Ginter Dick Perez Original Sketches". sportscard-checklists.net.