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Who was Howell Davis?
Howell Davis as a Welsh pirate active from 1718 to
1719, who was best known for preying on shipping off the Caribbean and West
African coasts, where he was later killed, probably as result of a fight with
Incidentally, Edward England previously captured
Howell Davis in the African coast region. But after conquering his friendship,
England gave Davis a ship to be sold in Brazil.
Howell Davies sailed to Brazil with this mission in
mind, but the crew wanted to keep their ship and changed his plans sailing then
to Barbados, the island in which Davies was arrested and spent three months in
jail. It was after this incident that Howell Davies became a pirate and sailed
to the Bahamas to enroll his new crew.
In the Bahamas Davis met Woodes Rogers, who took
him along to Martinique on a ship loaded with cargo. At his arrival to
Martinique, Howell Davies raised a mutiny being chosen the new captain of the
ship. After this action, he took over two large French ships north of
Hispaniola, backed by his crew of 35 men, forcing the prisoners to brandish
their swords upon the second ship's deck.
Captain Howell Davis was raised on a ship and knew
everything needed to command such ships so his next step was sailing to Cape
Verde Islands where he was welcomed with open arms by the Portuguese governor in
the belief that he was an English privateer.
Davis continued sailing and plundering ships,
obtaining the "Saint James" in Maio Island, a 26-gun ship that Davis' crew
decided to keep. After his experience with the Portuguese governor, Captain
Davis decided to continue deceiving people and conceiving a new plan.
At the Gambia River, he deceived the governor and received an invitation to
dinner, taking with him two of his men. Dinner was held at the Royal Africa
Company's fort, the place in which the governor was made prisoner and only
released after receiving a reward of £2,000 in gold.
Howell Davis became a pirate hungry for prizes and
rewards, which consistently increased until tragedy struck him. The
circumstances of his death are unknown but after leaving a governor's palace in
the West African coast, he was found dead with 5 bullets and his throat cut.
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