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.
The Buccaneers of America by Alexander O. Exquemelin Fascinating chronicle of the bands of plundering sea rovers who roamed the Caribbean and coastlines of Central America in the 17th century. Detailed accounts of shrewd and fearless men, excellent navigators, and blood-thirsty adventurers who frequently committed inhuman acts of cruelty — among them the infamous Henry Morgan.
Jean Lafitte (ca. 1776 – ca. 1823) was a French pirate & privateer in the Gulf of Mexico in the early 19th century. By 1805, he operated a warehouse in New Orleans to help disperse the goods smuggled by his brother Pierre Lafitte. After the United States government passed the Embargo Act of 1807, the Lafittes moved their operations to an island in Barataria Bay. By 1810, their new port was very successful; the Lafittes pursued a successful smuggling operation & started to engage in piracy.
Captain Kidd's Fate * Captain William Kidd was either one of the most notorious pirates in the history of the world or one of its most unjustly vilified and prosecuted privateers in an age typified by the rationalisation of empire. Despite the legends and fiction surrounding this character, his actual career was punctuated by only a handful of skirmishes followed by a desperate quest to clear his name....
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 seas.
Thomas Tew (1675–1695), also known as the Rhode Island Pirate, was a 17th-century English privateer-turned-pirate. Although he embarked on only two major piratical voyages, and met a bloody death on the latter journey, Tew pioneered the route which became known as the Pirate Round. Many other famous pirates, including Henry Every and William Kidd, would follow in Tew's path...Captain Johnson said "Tew, in Point of Gallantry, was inferior to none."
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).
Edward England is today remembered as one of the famous pirate captains of the "Golden Age of Piracy" who met his end by trying to be generous and to spare the life of captured Scottish seamen James Macrae. During his years of activity in 1717-1720 he forged his fame in the waters of Caribbean and Africa sailing on the ships "The Royal James", "Fancy" and "Pearl", sailing under the iconic black Jolly Roger flag with the skull and two crossed thigh bones.
Calico Jack Rackham, from an early 18th century engraving made by an artist who had never seen him. John "Calico Jack" Rackham had mediocre accomplishments as a pirate. His fame comes from the fact that two most famous woman pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read sailed under his flag. He was hung at Gallows Point in Port Royal, Jamaica on November 18, 1720. His body was later placed in a gibbet on a small sandbar in the harbor now known as Rackham's Cay.
Henry Morgan, a Welshman, was one of the most destructive pirate of the 17th century. Bold, ruthless daring man, He fought England's enemies for thirty years becoming a wealthy man, His famous exploit cames in 1670 when he led 1700 buccaneers through the Central American jungle to attackthe "impregnable" city of Panama burnining the city to the ground the inhabitants were killed or forced to flee. At the height of his career,Morgan died in his bed, rich and respected