Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin

Artist's Biography

Bartolomew Portugues.

Chine-colle copper engraving; 1699.
Image size 6 1/2 x 5" (16.5 x 12.5 cm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 49780
Price: $185.00
Publisher :
An engraving from "The History of the Bucaniers [sic] of America" by Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin (also known as John Esquemeling). The book is considered one of the most important documentations of 17th century piracy and was translated into several language after its original Dutch publication in 1678. The author, himself, served as a pirate in the West Indies for a brief period.

Bartolomeu Portugues was a famous Portuguese pirate, known for his bombardment of Spanish vessels in the late 1660s. He was captured by the Spanish somewhere around 1669 and was condemned to the gallows. The fate would never befall him, however, as he escaped and made off on the very ship that had originally seized him. History is uncertain of what became of Portugues after this. Some suspect he might have perished in the devastating earthquake that struck Port Royal in 1692, when two-thirds of the city sank beneath the sea, killing more than two-thousand residents.

Portugues is credited with creating the first set of rules commonly referred to as "The Pirates Code."
18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Famous People