Privateers
A privateer (sometimes called corsair or buccaneer) was a private person or ship authorized by a government by letters of marque to attack foreign vessels during wartime. Privateering was a way of mob...
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Pirate Captain Kidd's 'Treasure' Found In Madagascar
Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have discovered treasure belonging to the notorious 17th-Century Scottish pirate William Kidd. A 50kg (7st 9lb) silver bar was brought to shore on Thursday ...
Dunkirkers
During the Dutch Revolt (1568–1648) the Dunkirkers or Dunkirk Privateers, were commerce raiders in the service of the Spanish Monarchy. They were also part of the Dunkirk fleet, which consequently was...
Pirate Captain Kidd's 'Treasure' Found In Madagascar
Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have discovered treasure belonging to the notorious 17th-Century Scottish pirate William Kidd. A 50kg (7st 9lb) silver bar was brought to shore on Thursday ...
William Kidd
Captain William Kidd (c. 22 January 1645 – 23 May 1701) was a Scottish sailor who was tried and executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. Some modern historians deem his p...
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Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste
Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste (born in Bergerac, France 1663, died in Acadia after August 1714) was a French privateer famous for the success he had against New England merchant shipping and fishing i...
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Jan Jacobsen (English service)
Jan Jacobsen (fl. 1665–1667) was a mid-17th-century Flemish-born Dutch corsair and privateer. Operating out of France with other Dunkirkers such as Karel Verburg and Jan Jansen Gouverneur, he ac...
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Henry Morgan
Sir Henry Morgan (Harry Morgan in Welsh; ca. 1635 – 25 August 1688) was a Welsh privateer, pirate and admiral of the English navy who made a name for himself during activities in the Caribbean, ...
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HMS Trimmer (1782)
HMS Trimmer was the French privateer Anti-Briton, which HMS Stag captured in January 1782 and which the Royal Navy took into service. Early in the French Revolutionary Wars Trimmer captured a pri...
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François Thurot
François Thurot (22 July 1727 at Nuits-Saint-Georges near Dijon in eastern France – 28 February 1760 off the Isle of Man) was a French privateer, merchant naval captain and smuggler who terrorised Bri...
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John Hippisley (parliamentarian)
Sir John Hippisley was an English privateer and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1653. He supported the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War.Hippi...
Cornelis Jol
Cornelis Corneliszoon Jol (1597 – October 31, 1641), nicknamed Houtebeen ("pegleg"), was a 17th-Century Dutch corsair and admiral in the Dutch West India Company during the Eighty Years' War between S...
William Wright (privateer)
William Wright (fl. 1675-1682) was an English privateer in French service and later buccaneer who raided Spanish towns in the late 17th century.Little is known of William Wright before he settled in F...
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Jean-François Duclerc
Jean-François Duclerc, Guadeloupe ? – Rio de Janeiro, 18 March 1711) was a French privateer and knight in the Order of Saint-Louis.He was born in Guadeloupe as son of Jean Duclerc. He start...
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Andrew Wood of Largo
Sir Andrew Wood of Largo (died 1515) was a Scottish sea captain. Beginning as a merchant in Leith, he was involved in national naval actions and rose to become Lord High Admiral of Scotland. He was ...
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Piet Pieterszoon Hein
Pieter Pietersen Heyn (Hein) (25 November 1577 – 18 June 1629) was a Dutch admiral and privateer for the Dutch Republic during the Eighty Years' War between the United Provinces and Spain.
H...
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French corsairs
Corsairs (French: corsaire) were privateers, authorized to conduct raids on shipping of a nation at war with France, on behalf of the French crown. Seized vessels and cargo were sold at auction, w...
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Edward Mansvelt
Edward Mansvelt or Mansfield (fl. 1659-1666) was a 17th-century Dutch corsair and buccaneer who, at one time, was acknowledged as an informal chieftain of the "Brethren of the Coast". He was the first...
Pierre François Étienne Bouvet de Maisonneuve
Pierre-François-Henri-Étienne Bouvet de Maisonneuve (Saint-Benoît, Réunion, 28 December 1775 – Saint-Servan, 18 June 1860) was a French Navy officer and privateer.Born to a Navy captain, Bouvet starte...
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Jean Fleury
Jean Fleury (or Florin) (died 1527) was a 16th-century French naval officer and privateer. He is best known for the capture of two out of the three Spanish galleons carrying the Aztec treasure from Me...
John Rous
John Rous (sometimes written as Rouse) was a privateer and then an officer of the Royal Navy. He served during King George's War and the French and Indian War. Rous was also the senior naval officer ...
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Alexander Hamilton (sailor)
Alexander Hamilton (before 1688 – after 1733) was a Scottish sea captain, privateer and merchant.
In his early years he travelled widely through Europe, the Barbary coast, the West Indies, India a...
Joshua Hailey
Joshua Hailey was an American privateer during the War of 1812.
Hailey was placed in command of the privateer True Blooded Yankee in early 1813. The privateer, built in France by Rhode Island men,...
Monticello (privateer)
The Monticello was a Confederate blockade runner during the American Civil War. She was a two-masted schooner out of Havana, Cuba and of unknown nationality. She ran ashore about 6 to 8 miles east of...
Fowey Gallants
The Fowey Gallants or the ‘Gallants’ of Fowey, was group of privateers and pirates who operated out of the port of Fowey, in Cornwall, during the Hundred Years' War in the 14th and 15th centuries.The ...
Jacques Cassard
Jacques Cassard (Nantes, 30 September 1679 – Ham, 1740) was a French naval officer and privateer.
Born on 30 September 1679 to a family of merchants of Nantes, Cassard began a career as a ...
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Manuel Ribeiro Pardal
Manuel Ribeiro Pardal also known as Manuel Rivero Pardal or Pardel (died 1671) was a 17th-century Portuguese privateer in Spanish service during the late 1660s and early 1670s. Pardal was originally h...
Pierre le Picard
Pierre le Picard (1624-1679?) was a 17th-century French buccaneer. He was both an officer to l'Olonnais as well as Sir Henry Morgan, most notably taking part in his raids at Maracaibo and Panama, and ...
Hezekiah Frith
Hezekiah Frith, Sr. (1763–1848) was an 18th-century British ship owner with the reputation of a "gentleman privateer", who engaged in piracy during the 1790s. One of the richest men in Bermuda during ...
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