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The Illustrious Captain, John ‘Bartholomew’ Roberts
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The title Buccaneer, applied to seafaring adventurers of the 17th century. In the previous century such daring fighters & seamen as Sir Francis Drake & Sir Richard Hawkins had obtained wealth in privateering operations against Spain, in the Caribbean & off the coasts of North America. Inspired by their success & the lure of riches, a group of wandering pirates called freebooters or buccaneers began to harass the Spanish colonies, mostly during the latter half of the 17th century. The most famous buccaneer, Sir Henry Morgan, was from England. Buccaneers are usually distinguished from privateers, who had official government commissions; buccaneers rarely had valid commissions. They are also distinguished from the pirates who attacked ships of all nations. The first headquarters of the buccaneers was on the island of Tortuga, which is off the north west coast of Hispaniola (now Haiti) in the main line of the Caribbean commerce. The term buccaneer was derived from their practice of raiding Hispaniola, taking the cattle from the Spanish plantations & drying the meat on grills, known in French as boucan which they sold it to vessels that put in for supplies. The buccaneers later used Jamaica as a base of operations. Several buccaneers wrote stories of their exciting adventures which, subsequently, inspired further exploration in the New World.
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