The True & Complete Memoirs of the Pyrate Captain Extraordinaire!
The Illustrious Captain, John ‘Bartholomew’ Roberts
The Most Successful Pyrate of ALL Time!
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In February, 1690 Burgess was a member of William Kidd's crew when the Blessed William was seized. William May was made her captain & Burgess was part of her crew.
In 1963 Edward Coates became captain & Burgess left the ship & went to New York. He arrived in April with £800, bought a house & took on a job with Frederick Philipse, New York's wealthiest merchant. Over the next few years Burgess made many profitable voyages to Madagascar selling supplies & guns to pirates in exchange for gold & slaves.
Around September 1699, Burgess was in command of the Margaret. Near Saint Mary's Island he ran into a British fleet. They were offered a pardon for any piratical activities. Several of Burgess' crew accepted & bought passage home with the fleet.
Burgess sailed to Cape Town, South Africa, by December he reached his destination. Captain Lowth, of the East India Company, seized Burgess' ship & took it to Bombay. Lowth also took the £17,000 & 80 slaves which were aboard.
The owners of the Margaret brought suit against the East India Company & Burgess was taken to London in 1701 & accused of piracy. With Robert Culiford's testimony, Burgess was convicted. Eventually he secured a pardon for his crimes & signed aboard a privateer sailing for the Pacific.
Burgess then became first mate aboard the Neptune & went to Madagascar to trade liquor for slaves. When a sudden storm wrecked the pirate's ships, Burgess helped John Halsey seize the Neptune. Burgess was made Quarter-Master but lost it soon after when Halsey died.
After losing his position, Burgess stayed at Madagascar, dealing in slaves with David Williams. Following an argument concerning prizes with a black chief Burgess died of poison, presumably at the chiefs hand.
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