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Le Grand & twenty-eight men captured the flagship (a galleon) of the Spanish treasure fleet off Cape Tiburon in western Hispaniola.
Le Grand spotted ship a lagging behind the Spanish Fleet & although he & his men numbered only twenty-nine, they swore an oath to fight to the death. To strengthen their resolve, Le Grand bore a hole in the bottom of their his ship, giving them no choice but to attack & win, for now they had no means of escape. Fortunately it was getting dark, they sailed alongside & snuck on board, cutlass in hand & pistols ready. Making their way for the cabin, the spanish crew offered no resistance. Caught totally by surprise & finding himself at gunpoint, the Captain surrendered. A story reputedly told by Bartholomew Roberts to his crew as part of his way to convince them to sail upon the Treasure Fleet at Bahia de la Santos.
Aside from a few Spaniards, which Le Grand drafted into service, he put the seaman of the captured ship ashore & sailed home for France.
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