In 1600 Guayaquil had a population of about
2,000 people; by 1700 the city had a population of over
10,000. In 1687, Guayaquil was attacked and looted
by English and French pirates under George d'Hout (English)
and Picard and Groniet (Frenchmen).
Of the more than 260
pirates, 35 die and 46 were wounded; 75 defenders of the city
died and more than 100 were wounded.
The pirates took local women as concubines. Quito pays the
ransom demanded by the pirates with the condition they release
the hostages and not burn Guayaquil.