Devil’s Triangle Opening Scene

I was reading a review someone made of POTC5 the other day, and they stated how pointless they thought it was that Salazar attacked the Monarch. Well, no, it wasn’t pointless if you think about it. First of all, in the era the movie is set in, Spain and Britain were enemies, they were always at war with each other, so when two Naval ships from these countires came across each other they quite often were hostile to each other. The other thing you have to remember is the Monarch fired their cannons first, and yes, the Silent Mary was coming towards them, but that was only because the Monarch had crossed its bow, a move that was seen as threatening in those days. The Captain of the Monarch could have not given the order to fire the guns, but unfortunately he did, therefore they sealed their own fate by making the first agressive move.