Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pirates and crocodiles!

Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin.  A hero's name, or an adventurer.

Le quai de la Quarantaine à Honfleur

Fearless Alex was born in Honfleur.  In 1666 he sailed away as a ship's surgeon and, after an annoying interlude when he was sold as a slave on Tortuga, quickly joined the Buccaneers, Freebooters, Corsairs and Pirates sailing the high seas for gold and glory. 

His skills would have been invaluable as they faced violent skirmishes, tropical diseases and hungry crocodiles.  Alex sailed with many famous freebooters of the time including Michel le Basque, Roc the Brazilian, Alexandre Bras-de-Fer, Laurent de Graaf, and Henry Morgan.

Le quai de la Quarantaine, Honfleur
But it wasn't pirate treasure that made Alex's fortune, it was the tales he told.

Alexandre Exquemelin's firsthand account of his life is the source of much of today's pirate lore "The Pirates of Panama or, The Buccaneers of America; a True Account of the Famous Adventures and Daring Deeds of Sir Henry Morgan and Other Notorious Freebooters of the Spanish Main" by A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin.  Still available to buy online with rave reviews!

Many thanks to Medicographica for the story of Alex's life.  Read more on p377 here...

Click to read an account of a crocodile bite, by freebooter surgeon, Alexandre Exquemelin   

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