To My Purpose Driven Free Thinkers aka PDFTs! May this month exceed your expectations! As we all know February is Black History Month. I don't know if you study or research Black people who significantly contributed to the Black experience during this month but personally, I don't need a month to tell me it's okay to be Black, speak on Black, or act Black. I'm always Black minded but for y'all who do celebrate Blackness on this month, do it big! As you know (or maybe don't) my book will be dropping on February 14th aka Valentines Day. It'll be available on this website on the STORE page for purchase. If you want to know the synopsis of MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD go to the Book page on this website. Also, you can check out my youtube channel VIEIS_ME to get more in-depth with my story. I'll add the link below this blog post to the video. And if all that doesn't quench your thirst for MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD, follow my IG for past and future Daily Snippets from my book. They'll always be available but after February 14th, I won't be making any new Daily Snippets from MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkyyjXJIiYU
***EDIT I will be making daily vlogs for the countdown to MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD, ending on Valentines Day! You can check them out on my Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Here's the seventh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dKMyStNdkU
Today I will be honoring Black Caesar. Black Caesar was an 18th-century African pirate. For about ten years, he raided ships carrying goods near the Florida Keys.
Later on, he served as one of Captain Blackbeard's crewmen on the ship Queen Anne's Revenge. Black Caesar was one of the only surviving members of BlackBeard's crew after his death in 1718. From Black Caesar's accomplishments, Caesar's Rock, located north of Key Largo on one of the three islands is named in his honor and still to this day is his original headquarters.
Black Caesar was a well known African tribal war chieftain. People knew him for his "huge size, immense strength, and keen intelligence," because of this, he evaded being captured by many different slave traders but unfortunately, he and twenty of his warriors were lured onto a slave ship by a slave trader. The bait was shiny trinkets, at first, the slave trader presented Caeser a watch but said he had more gadgets that were "too heavy and too numerous to bring on shore" but he promised to show Caeser and his men these objects if they came aboard his ship. The slave trader seduced them to stay aboard with food, musical instruments, silk scarves and jewels, but little did Caeser and his men know that the ship was slowly sailing away. When Caesar discovered he had been bamboozled he and his men attempted to charge the slave trader but were out numbered and out armed by the sailors. It took a toll on Caesar that he was in bondage but a sailor eventually befriended him and Black Caesar would only take food and water from that sailor.
As the sailors approached the coast of Florida, a random hurricane put the ship in danger of being destroyed on the Florida Reefs. Seeing the impending danger, the sailor snuck to where Caeser was being held to free him. The two then formed a partnership to force the captain and crewmen into a space, most likely by gunpoint, and the two boarded one of the longboats with arms and other supplies. The two of them were the only people who survived the wrecked ship, the wind and waves pushed them to shore where they took for cover while until the storm decreased. The two disguised themselves as shipwreck sailors on the lifeboat to attack incoming ships that would stop to help. Soon as the vessel opened to take them aboard, they would ambush the crew with their guns and demanded supplies and ammunition, if the crew wouldn't move, the two threatened to sink it. Caeser and the sailor accumulated a large amount of treasure after years of ambushing ships that they buried on Elliott Key. However, the two ended their friendship over lusting for a woman that they took aboard from a boat they looted. In a duel, Caesar murdered his partner in crime to have the woman all to himself.
Caeser's ambush skills developed over time where he could attack ships on the sea without deceiving them into believing he was shipwrecked. He and his crew avoided getting caught by entering Caesar Creek and other areas between Elliot and Old Rhodes Key, finally landing on the mangrove islands. To make sure the patrol ship or close danger went away, they would use a metal ring inside of a rock, then pull a rope through the ring. By using this method, their sail would come down making them less noticeable while they hid inside their boat in the water. If need be they'd lower the mast (the tall pole on the boats) and purposely sink the ship in shallow water when the coast is clear, they later would cut the rope or pump out water from the boat to raise the boat and continue raiding boats. Legend has it, he and his men buried 26 silver bars on the island, yet no silver bars have ever been discovered.
Supposedly, Black Caesar had a harem on his island with a proximity 100 women captured from traveling ships including a prison camp that he kept prisoners in stone huts. Caesar would use their freedom as random for an exchange. When Caeser went off to raid more ships, he left the prisoners alone and many died due to starvation. As legend as it, a couple of children evaded captivity by indulging on berries and shellfish. After escaping, they formed their own language and customs, from this story of lost children came the superstition that the island is haunted.
In the early 18th century, Caesar left Biscayne Bay to partner up with Blackbeard in raiding American ships in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. Black Caeser was a lieutenant on BlackBeard's flagship named Queen Anne's Revenge. In 1718, after Blackbeard's death that resulted from the battle with Lieutenant Robert Maynard at Ocracoke Island, Caesar tried to set off the powder magazine (a compartment for the storage of ammunition and explosives) by request of Blackbeard, however, Caesar was tackled by one of the captives while he was preparing to ignite a trail of gunpowder that lead to the magazine. Caesar and the man fought in the lower decks until Maynard's sailors subdued him. Later, Caesar was taken as a prisoner by Virginian colonial authorities, he was convicted of piracy and ultimately hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Caesar_(pirate)
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