Roche Braziliano

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Roche Braziliano
— Pirate —
The Buccaneers of America 9.jpg
An illustration of Roche Braziliano in Alexandre Exquemelin's The Buccaneers of America (1678)
Type Dutch buccaneer
Born 1630
Place of birth Groningen, Netherlands
Died disappeared c. 1671
Years active 1654-1671
Base of operations Port Royal, Jamaica

Roche Braziliano (sometimes spelled Rock, Roch, Roc, Roque, Brazilliano, or Brasiliano) (c. 1630 – disappeared c. 1671) was a Dutch pirate born in the town of Groningen. His pirate career lasted from 1654 until his disappearance around 1671. He was first eternalized in Alexandre Exquemelin's 1678 book The Buccaneers of America; Exquemelin did not know Braziliano's real name, but historians have found he was probably born as Gerrit Gerritszoon and that he and his parents moved to Dutch-controlled Brazil.[1] He is known as "Roche Braziliano", which in English translates to "Rock the Brazilian", due to his long exile in Brazil.[2]

Pirate career[edit]

Roche Braziliano was a notoriously cruel buccaneer who operated out of Port Royal, Jamaica. He was a privateer in Bahia, Brazil, before moving to Port Royal in 1654. He led a mutiny and adopted the life of a buccaneer. On his first adventure he captured a ship of immense value and brought it back safely to Jamaica. He eventually was caught and sent to Spain, but he escaped with threats of vengeance from his followers.[3] He soon resumed his criminal career, purchasing a new ship from fellow pirate François l'Olonnais and later sailing in company with Sir Henry Morgan among others.

Atrocities[edit]

Drunken and debauched, Braziliano would threaten to shoot anyone who did not drink with him. He roasted alive two Spanish farmers on wooden spits after they refused to hand over their pigs. He treated his Spanish prisoners barbarously, typically cutting off their limbs or roasting them alive over a fire.[4]

Fate[edit]

After 1671, Braziliano was never seen or heard from again. Even to this date, nobody knows what became of the Dutch pirate. Whether he (and his vessel and men) were lost at sea in a brutal storm, was secretly captured, or possibly retired and lived the rest of his life in anonymity is a matter of debate.

Popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • Pickering, David. "Pirates". CollinsGem. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY. pp-52, 201. 2006.
  • Ritsema, Alex (2008), Pirates and Privateers from the Low Countries, Lulu.com, ISBN 978-1-4092-0171-7
Specific
  1. ^ Zuidhoek, Arne (2006). Piratenencyclopedie (in Dutch). pp. 20–24. 
  2. ^ Platt, David (1995). Eyewitness Guides to Pirates. London: Dorling Kindersley. p. 64. ISBN 0-7513-6035-X. 
  3. ^ Pyle, Howard. Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates. ISBN 1-60303-278-9
  4. ^ Pickering, David. "Pirates"

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