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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Did you know?

  • Pirates thought that having women on board their ship was bad luck.  It's why pirate femmes like Mary Read initially lived a life of piracy as men!

  • Most pirates stole their ships because they couldn't afford them.  Once they'd capture a ship, they'd convert it for pirate life by making more room for sailor living quarters and strengthening the decks to hold heavy cannons.

  • The difference between a pirate and a privateer is that privateers are sanctioned by respective governments and they don't attack ships from their own country. Pirates harass anyone passing by.

  • A galleon ship was armed to the teeth. It typically carried 74 guns, 36 of which were mounted on either side of the ship. The two guns were mounted aft.

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