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Who was Francis L’Olonnais?
Francis L’Olonnais was born in France in 1635. In the
early 1650s he worked in what is today Haiti and the Dominican Republic as a
hunter with the Buccaneers. However, he soon saw how much money could be made in
the career of pirating and so, he soon moved to Tortuga Island to pursue this
The governor of Tortuga Island was a pirate as well
and made L’Olonnais captain of his own ship in 1655. L’Olonnais used this ship
to attack Spanish ships and the sailors on those ships. It was at this time that
he earned the nickname, “The Flail of the Spaniards” due to his merciless ways.
His first obstacle came when his ship became
shipwrecked when he was caught in a storm. Most of the crew fled to shore only
to soon be killed by Spanish soldiers. To avoid the same death, L’Olonnais hid
amongst the dead. He then dressed like a Spaniard and went into Campeche. Slaves
helped him leave the area in a canoe in the middle of the night and go back to
Tortuga where he became even more angry and vicious due to his wrath against the
In 1667 L’Olonnais partnered with Michel deBasco
and together they sailed to the Gulf of Venezuela with an army of eight ships
and approximately six hundred men. They attacked on land and succeeded in taking
the cities of Maracaibo and Gibraltar. Those who tried to run were captured and
tortured so L’Olonnais could find out where their valuables were.
After these cruel and merciless attacks, L’Olonnais
and his men returned once again to Tortuga to split up their loot and plan
another attack. This time the attack was going to be at Lake Nicaragua. This
attack was to be carried out by an army of six ships and seven hundred men. A
bad storm blew them into Puerto Caballos and after they had tortured those
living there, found out that there was more to be taken at San Pedro. However,
San Pedro proved to be just as bankrupt as Puerto Caballos and the Spaniards had
killed many of the pirates. L’Olonnias’ men that hadn’t been killed began to
leave him at this time and it was also then that they tried to still attack
Nicaragua but they ended up just leaving that destination.
While L’Olonnias’ men were leaving, he started to
build another boat from scraps of material. He was determined to sail off on
another lucrative trip. However, when he left for the Gulf of Darien, the Darien
Indians met them at the Nicaragua River and L’Olonnias was killed. It has been
reported that he was left to the cannibals.
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