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Bartholomew 'Black Bart' Roberts
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    (May 17, 1682-February 10, 1722)
    Birth name was John Robert
    Captained the ship 'Rover' (flagship 'Royal Fortune')
    Captured over 400 ships in waters off the Americas, Europe and Africa (1719-1722)
    Total take of his ill-gotten booty exceeded 51 million £s (pounds)
    Killed by cannon fire in a battle with Capt. Chaloner Ogle and the 'HMS Swallow'
    Before becoming a pirate, he was third mate of a slave ship.
    After being elected captain he stated, 'It is better to be a commander than a common man, since I have dipped my hands in muddy water and must be a pirate.'
    He captured as many as 22 ships in one raid.
    He hired musicians to play music onboard his pirate ships.
    At age 37, he was captured by pirates and given two choices - join his captors or die.
    He broke the pirate mold by being well mannered, neatly dressed, well groomed, abstaining from alcohol and forbidding cruelty or unnecessary killing.
    Rules for his crew included no excessive drinking, gambling or profanity and treating prisoners with respect.
    After he died in battle his loyal crew, per request, buried his body at sea by throwing him overboard and not allowing his corpse to be taken by the enemy.

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