Privateers and Pirates
- Jan Naelhout
- Naelhout the elder was a privateer who served the Dutch West Indies Company until 1657. In 1657 he gave up command of his ship the Vliegende Arend to Captain Jan Crijnssen.
- Thomas Newman
- English privateer who received a letter of marque from the Providence Island Company in 1636. He was the captain of the vessel Happie Return. He formed a partnership with the privateer Diego El Mulato. El Mulato brought a rich prize, which they had captured together, to the Dutch Republic but did not give Newman and the PIC their share of the proceeds. In the end the PIC was forced to sue to get a part of it.
At the end of 1637 Newman sailed from the West Indies with a rich prize, but in December 1638 his ship was attacked and captured by privateers who operated from Duinkerken. He was only two leagues out of Dungeness when this happened. Newman himself was ransomed by the privateers from Duinkerken and upon payment, released. One of Newman's ships, the Happie Return, came back to England in April 1638.
- Pierre Paulusen
- Dutch privateer employed by Spain. On 30 May 1644 he captured a Dutch hooker ship and ransomed its contents and the crew.
- Leijn Pické
- Dutch privateer who managed to capture at least 12 English vessels during the "First English War" (1652-1654, between the Dutch Republic and Great-Britain)
- Pierre le Picard
- Francisco Díaz Pimienta
- Spanish privateer and general in the Spanish army. He commanded the Spanish fleet that attacked and conquered the Island of Providence on 11 September 1641. He took many people on the island prisoner: 381 slaves and 350 English colonists.
- Frans Pleite
- Privateer sailing from Duinkerken. He had a letter of marque from Spain. In August 1600 he sailed as part of a fleet that attacked the Dutch fishing-fleet near the coast of Scotland.
- Pedro de la Plesa
- He's a seventeenth century privateer in the service of Spain. In October 1622 he sailed out of Duinkerken together with two other privateers. They were commanded by Jan Jacobsen and Juan Garcia. When De la Plesa sailed out of Oostende he was spotted immediately by a Dutch ship. The yacht, who's Captain was Jacob Volckertzoon Vinck, cut his mooring lines and joined the fleet commanded by the Dutch Admiral Harman Kleuter. Kleuter immediately set out to capture the privateer from Duinkerken. He was joined by the squadron of the commander Lambert Hendrikszoon of Den Briel when he attacked. Juan Garcia and Pedro de la Plesa both judged it wiser to try to escape the 9 attacking ships and sailed for England. Jacobsen apparantly decided to hold out, or protect their retreat.
- Bartholomew Portugues
- Theunis Post
- Captain of a privateer in 1654. In 1660 he served on a merchant ship to the West-Indies. During the second English War (1665 - 1667 between England and the Dutch Republic) he was a privateer again with a Letter of Marque for English vessels. Afterwards he was the captain of a privateer in the service of the West Indies Company in the area of the Caribbean.
- Pieter Pouwels
- Privateer actively employed by Spain in 1585 with a Letter of Marque. He used Duinkerken as a base of operations like so many privateers that were employed by Spain. Duinkerken was one of several cities that were taken earlier that year from France. Pouwels sailed on his commissions using a fly-boat. At one point he brought in 11 soldiers and several other persons as prisoners who would have te serve in case of an exchange for captured privateers from Duinkerken.
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