Saturday, May 17, 2008

Black Bart

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1682 Bartholomew Roberts (b. John Roberts; aka Bart Roberts; Black Bart; d. February 10, 1722), Welsh pirate who raided shipping off the Americas and West Africa between 1719 and 1722.

Despite his short career, he was the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, capturing far more ships than some of the best-known pirates of this era such as Blackbeard or Captain Kidd.

Pictured: Roberts's first flag shows him and Death holding an hourglass

Black Bart
The notorious outlaw of the American West, Black Bart, was a nickname of Charles Bolles (1829 - 88?), who adopted the name from a villainous character is a serialized fiction, The Case of Summerfield, by Caxton (a pseudonym of William Henry Rhodes). It's likely that the name of the fictional character, in turn, was derived from 'Black Bart' Roberts.

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