Black Bart Roberts

Black Bart Roberts : The Greatest Pirate of Them All

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Pirate Black Bart Roberts roamed the Atlantic from age thirteen in 1695 until his death in an ambush by the Royal Navy off Cape Lopez on the Guinea coast in 1722. Those years, coinciding with the Golden Age of Piracy, are chronicled here in excerpts from first-hand accounts and court documents, with vintage illustrations and maps, and the superb historical analysis of Terry Breverton.Though more famous pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd serve as the greater icons of piracy, during their lifetimes of activity they took only thirty vessels between them, compared to Black Bart's more than four hundred. Today's image of a pirate includes a drunken sway within the swashbuckling, and few would argue that many a crew and captain of the era were prodigious drunkards. Again, Black Bart Roberts breaks the mold. Not only was he a Christian who ordered his musicians to play hymns each Sunday, he was also famous among his seagoing contemporaries for his abstention from alcohol. Tall for the time, and dressed head to toe in red silk, Black Bart was a striking figure whom maritime history will not soon forget.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 163 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Pelican Publishing Co
  • Gretna, LA, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 12 b&w illus and 3 maps
  • 1589802330
  • 9781589802339
  • 1,154,405

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While the well-known pirates Captain Kidd and Blackbeard took about thirty ships between them, Black Bart Roberts was among the most successful in his profession, taking more than four hundred ships in his brief career. Noted author Terry Breverton here presents a pirate who was no mere gap-toothed swashbuckling drunkard. A teetotaling Christian, Black Bart Roberts dressed in red silk from head to toe, wore a tremendous diamond cross, and ordered his musicians to play hymns on Sunday. He is remembered for bringing transatlantic shipping virtually to a standstill and for commanding multinational crews of freed slaves and senior pirates who called themselves "the House of Lords." This fascinating history details the life of the last buccaneer of the "Golden Age of Piracy"--beginning its account of Roberts at age thirteen in 1695 and continuing to his death in 1722--and is highlighted with vintage maps and illustrations, as well as a list of ships he seized during his career.

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