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Howell Davis
Howell Davis

Howell Davis (born c.1690 - June 1719) a Welsh pirate born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales. His pirate career lasted a very short eleven months, July 1718 - June 1719. His ships were the Cadogan, Buck, Saint James, and Rover. Image File history File links Howell_D.jpg‎ http://www. ... Image File history File links Howell_D.jpg‎ http://www. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location relative to most of the British Isles (other parts of the UK shown on the map are in pink). ...


A Short Career

Howell Davis started out in piracy after the slave ship Cadogan, on which he was serving with the rank of ship's mate, was captured by the pirate Edward England in 1718. Having agreed to join the pirates, Davis was given the Cadogan and set out for Brazil but his crew mutinied and sailed to Barbados instead. Here Davis was imprisoned on the charges of piracy, but was eventually released and sought shelter in the pirate den of New Providence in the Bahamas. With New Providence being cleand up by Governor Woodes Rogers, Davis left on the sloop Buck and, after persuading the crew to take over the vessel off Martinique, was elected captain and conducted piratical raids from his base at Coxon's Hole on Cuba. Edward England was a famous African coast and Indian Ocean pirate from 1717 to 1720. ... The flag of 18th-century pirate Calico Jack This article is about sea piracy; for other uses of Piracy or Pirate, see Pirate (disambiguation). ... (This article is about the island in the Bahamas. ... An old engraving of Capt. ... A sloop-rigged J-24 sailboat In sailing, a sloop is a vessel with a Fore-and-aft rig. ...

Subsequently he crossed the Atlantic to terrorize shipping in the Cape Verde Islands. One of the prizes taken there became the new flagship of Davis' pirate fleet, the 26-gun Saint James. He then formed a partnership with a French pirate known as La Bouche, which lasted until they fell out in a drunken argument. Transferring to the 32-gun Rover, he sailed south and captured more riches prizes off the Gold Coast, his prisoners including fellow-Welshman Bartholomew Roberts, who was destined to become equally famous as a pirate. The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one_fifth of its surface. ... A flagship is the ship used by the commanding officer of a group of naval ships. ... La Bouche was a Eurodance act based in Germany, fronted by black American-German singer Melanie Thornton, who was killed in a plane crash near Bassersdorf, Switzerland in November 2001. ... Gold Coast is a popular name for various areas and cities around the world which are located along the coast of an ocean or some other significant body of water, and often have many wealthy residential areas. ... Bartholomew Roberts Bartholomew Roberts born John Robert (May 17, 1682 - February 10, 1722), also known as Black Bart (welsh: Barti Ddu), was one of the most notorious pirates of his day. ...

Trickery and Deception

A clever and charming man, Davis pretended to be a legitimate privateer to decieve the commander of a Royal African Company slaving fort in Gambia and held him to ransom after capturing him at a welcome dinner. A privateer was a private ship (or its captain) authorized by a countrys government to attack and seize cargo from another countrys ships. ... The Royal African Company was a slaving company set up by the Stuart family and London merchants once the former retook the English throne in 1660. ...

He once seized a more powerful French vessel by flying a black pirate flag from another large but only lightly armed ship he had recently taken: the French ship quickly surrendered, thinking it was outgunned.

When Davis tried to repeat his earlier trick of pretending to be a privateer, for the benefit of the governor of the Portuguese island of Príncipe (whom he planned to kidnap), he was unmasked and killed in an ambush by Portuguese militia. Príncipe is the smaller of the two major islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. ...


Pickering, David. "Pirates". CollinsGem. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY. pp80-82. 2006.

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