Bartholomew Roberts

(c. 1682—1722) pirate

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(1682–1722), English pirate who was probably the most successful of his profession in the history of piracy. He never drank anything stronger than tea, went to bed early, was a strict Sabbatarian, and never gambled. He operated off the coast of Guinea and in the West Indies, where he is said to have captured as many as 400 vessels. He was killed in an action after a British warship had been sent out by the Admiralty in 1722 to clear the west coast of Africa of pirates, having lived what he himself called ‘a merry life and a short one’.

From The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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