Chapter 8 + 9
to act as many hostilities as came in their way. Not long after, the same Pirates
took and ransacked a considerable town, seated in the Isle of Cuba, called La Vil-
la de los Cayos, of which we made mention in the description of the said Island.
Here they committed again all sorts of hostility, and inhuman and barbarous cruel-
ties. But the new Governor of Jamaica behaved himself so constant to his duty, and
the orders he had brought from England, that he apprehended several of the chief
actors herein, and condemned them to be hanged, which was accordingly done. From
this severity many others still remaining abroad took warning, and retired to the
isle of Tortuga, lest they should fall into his hands. Here they joined in socie-
ty with the French Pirates, inhabitants of the said island, in whose company they
continue to this day.
The relation of the shipwreck, which Monsieur Bertram Ogeron, Governor of the Is-
le of Tortuga, suffered near the Isles of Guadanillas. How both he and his compa-
nions fell into the hands of the Spaniards. By what arts he escaped their hands,
and preserved his life. The enterprize which he undertook against Porto Rico, to
deliver his people. The unfortunate success of that design.
After the expedition of Panama abovementioned, the inhabitants of the French is-
lands in America, in the year 1673 (while the war was so fierce in Europe between
France and Holland) gathered a considerable fleet, to go and possess themselves
of the islands belonging to the States-General of the United Provinces in the West
Indies. To this effect, their admiral called together and levied all the Pirates
and volunteers that would, by any inductions whatsoever, sit down under his co-
lours. With the same design the Governor of Tortuga caused to be built in that is-
land a good strong man-of-war, to which vessel he gave the name of Ogeron. This
ship he provided very well with all sorts of ammunition, and manned with five hun-
dred buccaneers, all resolute and courageous men, as being the vessel he designed
for his own safety. Their first intention was to go and take the Isle of Curaçoa,
belonging to the said States of Holland. But this design met with very ill suc-
cess, by reason of a shipwreck, which impeded the course of their voyage.
Monsieur Ogeron set sail from the port of Tortuga as soon as all things were in
readiness, with intent to join the rest of the saif fleet and pursue the enterpri-
ze aforementioned. Being arrived on the West side of the island of St. John de Pu-