The famous pirate of Abraham Blauvelt.
 

ABRAHAM BLAUVELT
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Who was Abraham Blauvelt?



Abraham Blauvelt was an infamous Dutch Pirate that was active during the middle 1600’s.

Prior to New York being known as New York, it was known as the Dutch New Amsterdam. This is where the thieving of Abraham Blauvelt is most accented during this time. He was an explorer at one time along the coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua, after this period of his life he went to England with his own proposal to establish a settlement in Nicaragua close by the town of Bluefields. He was enlisted as a naval officer for the Swedish East India Company and was in command of his own ship by 1644.

When he became in command, he was known for thieving upon Spanish ships that traveled from Dutch New Amsterdam and those that visited a harbor in Jamaica. The harbor today is named Blewfields Bay. However, his command was not one with staying power as the Spanish and Dutch gained peace in 1648. From this point on, Blauvelt was not welcome in New Amsterdam.

In 1649, Blauvelt and his crew went to Newport, Rhode Island to divide all the loot. Of course, disagreements were everywhere about how the loot should be divided even the governor of Rhode Island declared one prize illegal. Blauvelt was not treated very nice in Newport since his reputation of a thieving pirate could harm the reputation of their beloved town. By, 1650, Blauvelt was in command of another ship, the French ship the La Garse.

Finally, in 1663, Blauvelt joined Captain Sir Christopher Myngs’ and began participating in raids on Campeche Bay. No one knows exactly what happened to Blauvelt after this time. 


Abraham Blauvelt.

 The famous pirate of Abraham Blauvelt.

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