Merchant of the West Indies编辑
In June 1716, Barnes' ship, the was attacked by the pirate La Buse, who was looking for new recruits. Having lost his crew in the attack, Barnes revealed that he had two prisoners aboard, a French deserter, Alonzo Batilla and an escaped slave, Jumao. La Buse freed the prisoners, taking them on board, and sank Barnes' ship, but the Templar managed to survive.
In January 1717, Batilla, now a pirate unknowingly working with the Assassins, was told by Samuel Bellamy that the slaver Laurens Prins carried a treasure of great value and that only one merchant knew the projected route that Prins' ship, the Whydah, was going to take. Heading for Havana, Batilla met Barnes again, who under intimidation gave him the map of the Whydah's route. Later, when La Buse and Batilla captured the slave ship with Bellamy, they discovered that the treasure was in fact a Piece of Eden, possessed by Bellamy's enemies, the Templars.
Tracking La Buse编辑
I speak the truth, Ben! I had him!... But he used his relic and... he vanished!
——Barnes to Benjamin Hornigold, 1717
In an ironic set of circumstances, in December 1717, when Barnes reunited in Mayaguana with two of his fellow Templars, Christopher Condent and Benjamin Hornigold, his associates shot him for his failures, regarding him as a loose end. But Batilla, arriving soon after Condent shot Barnes, routed the two Templars and recovered a severely injured Barnes, who told Alonzo in his dying breath that he might find his friend in Harbor Island.