October 20, 2016

Today in History: Iconic pirate “Calico Jack” captured and hanged by Royal Navy (1720)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

On October 20, 1720, the iconic pirate “Calico Jack”, credited with inventing the classic Jolly Roger, was captured by the Royal Navy and quickly hanged after a colourful career lasting . . . two years.

Another reminder that real-life piracy is a sordid and deadly business no matter how cool your flag or nickname.

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commented 2016-10-21 09:56:27 -0400
Kool family story , Jeff. I remember as a kid listening to my uncles LPs and one of them was a song about Jean Laffite. Quite catchy it was.
commented 2016-10-21 08:46:57 -0400


My Great-great-grandfather was the famous Pirate Jean Laffite, he and his Daughter and four others of my family disappeared in 1826. I recently discovered the secret of what happened to them through my family heirlooms passed down for over 200 years and carved in cryptic on a scrimshaw powder horn and proved it, but Hollywood and Disney and “Jon Turteltaub” stole my story and then rewrote it as fiction so i couldn’t sue them and then they and their paid media blacklisted me. Jean Laffite and daughter Jeanette Laffite Jones, her husband and my great-grandfather Lt. John Jones – (New Orleans Grey) and his mother Anna Jones died at the Alamo. Only my grandfather Isaac Martin aka Markus Laffite aka Chris Jones and his 3 year old grandson John Jones 2nd survived. I have DNA test and proof that the five Laffite brothers are not brothers but in fact the five missing mutineers of the “HMS BOUNTY” and that my Great-grandfather “Isaac Martin” was George Washington’s only illegitimate son born Aug*t.12th,1757. Isaac Martin was a Minuteman and spy in the Revolutionary War and was captured by the British, pardoned from prison and served his probation aboard the HMS Bounty with my other Great-great-grandfather Fletcher Christian aka the famous Pirate “Jean Laffite” and aka John Jones. One of Jean Laffite’s best friends was Col. James Bowie who also die at the Alamo. Link to my story – https://plus.google.com/108482539820581852184/posts/Dw6MXJC1ti6
commented 2016-10-21 00:24:28 -0400
Aarghhh, Metis, I mean Matey,
commented 2016-10-20 15:50:09 -0400
Marty Smith commented – "Jack Rackham, lol. "

If you really want to have some fun with this guy, just challenge him to a game of pool and tell hime to grab his balls and “rack’em up”
commented 2016-10-20 14:46:16 -0400
Jack Rackham, lol.

Somehow more famous then the most vile or successful of the lot, such as L’Ollonais and Henry Every, or Bartholomeu Roberts and most people don’t realize the ‘Captain Morgan’ on the rum bottle was referencing one of England’s most successful out of Port RoyaL.
commented 2016-10-20 13:54:31 -0400
LOVED THAT STORY JOHN