Bat the Portuguese
Engraving. 145 x 80mm, 5¾ x 3¼". Trimmed into printed borders.
Portrait of Bartholomew Roberts, known as Black Bart, from Exquemelin's 'History of the Bucaniers of America'. Not Portuguese but Welsh, he worked the Caribbean and Brazil, he was said to have captured over a hundred ships. He is mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin, himself a former pirate who had sailed with Henry Morgan, published his history of pirates operating in the Americas in Dutch in 1678. The first English edition was published in 1684, but translated from a Spanish edition that exaggerated the mis-deeds of the English pirates, including Morgan, who sued the publishers and won.
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