Pirettes: the Female Mark in the World of Pirates - Part 2

By Curious

After we have introduced to you two impressive female pirates in Part 1, meet three more. 

Sayyida al Hurra

Another lady, driven by the wish for revenge took the uneasy life of piracy. Another queen decided to leave the security of castle walls for the rough life at seas. Her birth name has been forgotten but she remained in history as “Sayyida al Hurra”. Her title translates to “an independent and noble lady, who obeys to no higher master.”

After the death of her husband, who was the king of Tétouan, Morocco, she established a pirate fleet and shared the rule of the Mediterranean Sea in alliance with the feared Turkish pirate Barbossa.

The Queen was spreading terror over the western Mediterranean Sea. She was dread for any Spanish or Portuguese ship, as she was revenging to the evil “Christian enemy”, which she saw in the face of the Spanish Catholic royal family who extradited her family out of their home Granada.

And then again, the feared pirate was diverted from her dreadful path by her hearth. The Queen remarried for Moorish king, and even though she gave up on piracy, she refused to give up on her beloved Tétouan.

Today, records on her life may be found till the year of 1542, when her son-in-law made her abdicate and took over her property.

Back From the Dead Red

Piracy seemed to be the only means of survival for the next lady pirate. Her name was Jacquotte Delahaye. A daughter of a Frenchman and a Haitian woman, she was forced to turn to piracy as her only way to survive after the death of her parents and made it possible to properly care of her mentally ill brother.

While she was crossing the seas she stole unknown number of fortunes, which made her a main target for the government forces. To escape the chase Delahaye faked her own death. For years she lived pretending to be a man and soon after the dread was gone she reappeared with a new tricky name - Back From the Dead Red .The name she remains within pirate’s history.

Anne Dieu-Le-Veut

The French blood in veins and strive to revenge seems to be the right ingredients to turn a peaceful lady into a fearful pirate.

In the early 1670’s Anne Dieu-Le-Veut moved from her home in French Brittany, to the Caribbean island of Tortuga. She had the uneasy life of a mother of two, who became a widow twice. After her second husband was killed by Laurens de Graaf, a Dutch buccaneer, she decided to avenge for him and called de Graaf to a duel. Instead of fighting with the brave lady, the dreadful pirate, who was considered as very odd person by many seamen, offered her his hand in marriage. The marriage was consolidated on July 28th, 1693 and gave live to another two children.

The legend says that from that moment on they were inseparable and took over the seas together. But as in any other big love story this one came to its tragically ending after de Graaf was killed by a cannonball blast and then Anne Dieu-Le-Veutq who’s name literally means Anne God-Wants stood on the captain’s position.

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Pirettes: the Female Mark in the World of Pirates - Part 1

Pirettes: the Female Mark in the World of Pirates - Part 3

Pirettes: the Female Mark in the World of Pirates - Part 4