Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Black Bart, continued

A few weeks ago I did a post about Black Bart, but I neglected to mention a very interesting controversy around Black Bart, he may have been a woman.
Black Bart was one of the most successful pirates of the Golden Age, and "he" had no problem showing off his success. He dressed up for battle, fine silk coats and pants, jewels and other baubles shining in the sun, gilt and was considered a little vain, though I doubt anyone called him vain to his face.

He was always well dressed, never drank alcohol, had on board musicians, was clean shaven, had excellent manners and handwriting, never shared his cabin and had a standing order to be thrown overboard if he died in battle, which was eventually followed by his crew. Some historians argue that he might have been a woman because of these particular traits.

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