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The Pirate Who Ate the Heart of an Enemy

Pirates have always had a bad name when it comes to manners, to their way of life and most importantly to how they treat people. A particularly nasty pirate was French pirate Francois l’Olonnais. He had a deep hatred for Spain. In his early days as a pirate, he was almost killed by Spanish raiders and so he decided to spend the rest of his life getting revenge on the Spanish. To make sure that his message was clear he beheaded the entire crew on a Spanish ship.

Moving onward l’Olonnais got himself a pirate fleet of eight ships with hundreds of men taking his orders. He then set out to terrorize the coast of South America. This angry pirate sacked Spanish-ruled cities, captured ships with treasure heading for Spain and attempted to destroy anything that was Spanish along the way. Things took a wrong turn when l’Olonnais was returning from having pillaged the coast of Venezuela and was ambushed by Spanish soldiers. He lost a lot of his men but managed to escape taking some Spanish hostages.

To prove what a great pirate he was and to warn others not to stand against him l’Olonnais cut out the heart of one of the Spanish hostages and proceeded to eat it. Those who saw this let all of the remaining pirates escape safely. With the heads of the decapitated Spaniards, the pirate crew had stew for a week.  The end of a pirate is usually never a pretty end and so it was for l’Olonnais and his pirate crew. Their ship got stuck on a sandbar off the coast of Panama. Therefore they chose to go on shore to search for food and ran into a local tribe. Instead of finding food the pirates became food for the tribe.

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    Do you agree that pirates are not good people?

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    Wasn’t it a fitting end for l’Olonnais and his pirate crew?

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