Bartholomew Roberts is considered the most successful pirate in history.
One of the most famous pirates of all time called Bartholomew Roberts, nicknamed Black Bart. During the three years of his career the captain managed to defeat more than 400 ships and loot gold worth 50 million pounds. Himself a brave Corsair differed extravagant behavior and dressed only in the finest clothes. He also remembered that imposed the most severe discipline on the ship that the pirates drinking, hanging out and gambling was allowed only on the beach. Disobedience was punishable by death.
The scene of the battle, the pirate and merchant ships.
Until 37 years of age, Bartholomew Roberts and dreamed of becoming a pirate, until one day the ship on which he worked, it was not captured by the corsairs. Captain of freebooters spotted a tall and strong sailor and gave him a choice: execution, or life as a pirate. Bartholomew took the last.
Serve on a pirate career of a robber of the seas Bartholomew Roberts gave herself with the same zeal as on the civilian vessel. Knowledge of Maritime Affairs and fearlessness made men first class privateer named Black Bart. After one of the battles in 1719 the captain of a pirate ship died. By a unanimous decision of the command of Bartholomew Roberts chose a new captain.
The sea battle. Eduardo de Martino.
Under the command of the Black Bart filibusters seized one ship after another. The captain had his own fleet. The pirates would wait in line to get into the companions to the Black Bart. To keep in check is the number of people required was a harsh order.
Hard to believe, but the team under Bartholmew Roberts reigned iron discipline. Rum was allowed to only drink on the beach. The woman on the ship – unfortunately. All gambling only after the end of the campaign. Breaching these rules simply sent overboard. Plus, on weekends, the captain forced the pirates to prayers.
Pirates seize an American ship. Illustration from the book Cassell”s Illustrated History of England.
The geography of robberies Black Bart was very wide. Of the Caribbean pirate ships could head to the coast of Africa or Brazil. Three years of the robbery under the command of Bartholomew Roberts was from seven to twenty ships. During this time Black Bart had seized and destroyed more than four hundred vessels. None of the legendary corsairs failed to get close to this “record”.
By the way, Black Bart is credited with the creation of this type of punishment as walking the plank. The unfortunate blindfolded and forced to walk on a precarious surface. Anyway, the victim fell into the sea.
Bartholmew Roberts named Black Bart.
Black Bart – the last pirate of the Golden age.
Luck did not leave, Bartholomew Roberts three years, until in 1721 his team looted the Liberian town of Oslo that very much angered the British who were there. 10 Feb 1722 of a British warship, the “Swallow” found pirate frigate, drifting off the coast of modern Gabon. Black Bart was waiting for the approach of the remaining ships of the fleet and therefore first took the British for their own. The Royal ship almost came close to pirates, and when it became clear who is who, it was too late. The first salvo with “Swallows” demolished almost all of the mast. This was followed by buckshot. Black Bart died instantly because the bullet hit him in the neck. The pirates left without the captain immediately surrendered.
The French pirate Pierre françois attacking the ship of a Spanish Vice Admiral. OK. 1660.
The total amount of loot that they managed to take the pirates, amounted to fifty million pounds. The captain’s death shocked the pirate world. And corsairs, and ordinary sailors believed that Black Bart was invincible. Historians believe: that with the death of Bartholomew Roberts ended the Golden age of piracy.
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