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Black Caesar was an African chief known for his strength and intelligence. After being tricked aboard a slave ship in Africa, he escaped during a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. In just a longboat, he and a friend stole supplies and treasures from passing ships and hoarded the loot on Florida's Elliot Key. After killing his friend in a duel over a woman, Black Caesar continued pirating on his own. He captured larger boats, which he hid by tying them up to Caesars Rock and sinking them. He was said to have a harem of over 100 women and a prison camp on Elliot Key.

Eventually, Black Caesar joined forces with the notorious Blackbeard. They were together in 1718 when Blackbeard's ship was attacked. To avoid capture, Black Caesar lay down a trail of gunpowder leading to the explosives. He was caught just before igniting the gunpowder and hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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  • In 1671, when Henry Morgan sailed from Port Royal, Jamaica to sack and plunder Panama, his fleet consisted of 37 vessel, ranging from 4-gunners to 22-gunners.

  • Captain Kidd received a letter of marquee from King William III to seize any French ships during his search to capture pirates. Instead, he captured an Indianman resulting in the beginning of his pirate career.

  • The cook onboard a pirate ship was usually a disabled pirate who was allowed to stay on the ship if he could make food that didn't kill the pirate crew.

  • In September 1718, following months of successful plundering raids, the pirate crews of Blackbeard and Charles Vane rendezvoused on Ocracoke Island (North Carolina) for a wild, weeklong bacchanal.

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