Black Bart Roberts

Black Bart Roberts : The Greatest Pirate of Them All

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Legends of John Roberts' exploits abound, including his notable mention in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Treasure Island. Known for his fastidiousness and opulent dress, the pirate who came to be known as 'Black Bart' was among the most successful of his profession, taking more than 400 vessels in his twenty-seven year career, beginning in 1695 and, with his death in 1722, ending 'the Golden Age of Piracy'.

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  • Paperback | 163 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Pelican Publishing Co
  • Gretna, LAUnited States
  • English
  • New.
  • 12 b&w illus and 3 maps
  • 1589802330
  • 9781589802339
  • 1,127,044

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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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