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…
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).
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.