Testimony of Ignatius Pell in the Tryal of "Gentleman Pyrate" Stede Bonnet
Major Stede Bonnet, British pirate (Later known as Capt Thomas and Edwards) was a retired army major, leading a peaceable and prosperous life on Barbados before deciding to turn to pirating. The reason why he turned buccaneer is not clear, but Capt Charles Johnson says those who knew him "believed that his humour of going a pyrating proceeded from a disorder in his mind which had been but too visible in him some time before his wicked undertaking; and which is said to have been occassioned…
The Golden Age of Piracy, encompassing roughly the first quarter of the 18th century, produced some of the most outrageous characters in maritime history. From its earliest days, Charleston was a vital port of call and center of trade, which left it vulnerable to seafaring criminals. From the “Gentleman Pirate,” Stede Bonnet, to Edward “Blackbeard” Teach and famed pirate hunter and statesman William Rhett, the waters surrounding the Holy City have a history as rocky and wild as the high…
Edward England - Biography of Famous Pirate
One of the most famous pirate captains of early 18th century was without a doubt Edward England, who remains remembered for the popularization of Jolly Rogers pirate flag and for his attempt to spare the life of the captured enemy Captain.
Pirate Thomas Tew - Treasure Chest
Actual Treasure Chest belonging to Pirate Thomas Tew of Rhode Island. The chest weighs 150 lbs by itself, late 1600's. This chest is housed in a museum in Florida today.
Jack "Calico Jack" Rackham... Commonly known as Calico Jack, was an English pirate captain operating in the Bahamas and in Cuba during the early 18th century. Active towards the end (1718–1720) of the "golden age of piracy" (1690–1730) Rackham is most remembered for two things: the design of his Jolly Roger flag, a skull with crossed swords, which contributed to the popularization of the design, and for having two female crew members (Mary Read and Rackham's lover Anne Bonny).
Treasure Hunters Retrieve $4.5 Million in Gold Coins From Sunken Fleet
A treasure trove worth an estimated $4.5 million has been recovered by a historic shipwreck salvage operation in Florida. "It's been incredibly surreal," Brent Brisben, CEO of the 1715 Fleet Queens Jewels, told ABC News today. Brisben said that he and his crew discovered 350 Spanish gold
Sir Henry Morgan - Pirate : Adventure Tours to Panama and Colombia
Small group tours to Panama and Colombia which combines the exploits of Sir Henry Morgan and other pirates with superb scuba diving and exploring and eco-adventures from the Pacific to the Caribbean Islands
Pirates & Privateers: the History of Maritime Piracy - Pirate Tactics
Planning, intelligence, the ability to adapt to any given situation, leadership, and teamwork are key to the success of any action. If any one of these is lacking, the action may be jeopardized and the consequences unpredictable. Pirates incorporated these elements into each attack or raid they made. This article examines the various strategies and tactics they employed to carry out successful missions.
Pirate Jean Lafitte wrote this letter in 1820 when he established an island colony called Campeche. The USS Enterprise was then sent to Galveston, TX to remove Lafitte & his colony from the Gulf, since one of his men had attacked an American ship. Lafitte may have known this was coming, & this letter is part of the preparations he made. Lafitte agreed to leave the island without a fight, & took to the open seas as a pirate. He died 2 years later in a battle against the Spanish.
Top 10 Infamous Pirates - Listverse
Piracy is a robbery committed at sea, or sometimes on the shore, by an agent without a commission from a sovereign nation. Historical piracy has given us many symbols recognized the world around, such as the Jolly Roger flag, and the eye-patch. This is a list of the ten most infamous pirates through history. 1.