Bartholomew Roberts: Welsh Pirate

Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts was the most successful pirate of the “Golden Age of Piracy,” which lasted roughly from 1700 to 1725. In spite of his great success, he is relatively unknown in comparison with contemporaries such as Blackbeard, Charles Vane, or Anne Bonny. Roberts was an officer on board the slave ship Princess in 1719 when his ship was captured by pirates under Welshman Howell Davis. Perhaps because [...]

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Black Caesar: 18th-Century African Pirate

During the ”golden age” of piracy in the late 1600s and early 1700s, a pirate ship was one of the few places a black man could attain power and money in the Western Hemisphere. Some of these black pirates were fugitive slaves in the Caribbean or other coastal areas of the Americas. Others joined pirate crews when their slave ships or plantations were raided; it was often an easy [...]

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Port Royal: The Pirate City that Sunken

Edmund Heath, survivor and eyewitness to the devastating 1692 earthquake wrote these words in a letter from the safety of a ship moored in the city’s harbor, overlooking the ruins of his city. Port Royal, once called “the most wicked and sinful city in the world” was famous the world over for its booze - the blackout-inducing Kill Devil Rum - its pirates and its prostitutes. Needless to say, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:07:13+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: Renaissance|Tags: , |0 Comments

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