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Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts

 Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts was a Welsh pirate who was active between 1719 and 1722.  He was an honest man who never touched alcohol before and during his pirate career.  When his ship was captured by Howell Davis, he originally refused to be part of the crew but was taken on board against his will for his superior sailing and navigational skills.  He enforced a strict set of codes that his men had to follow which had consequences that ranged between flogging and death.  After the death of the captain Roberts was elected to be his successor.  He led his crew between South America, Newfoundland, and Africa during his three year reign of terror capturing over 470 ships before being killed in a battle with a British Naval ship.  Bartholomew Roberts started being called Black Bart only after his death.  He is considered to be one of the best pirates of the Golden Age of Piracy because of the incredible amount of plundering he was able to do in such a short amount of time.                               
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