This is a phenomenon I’d never heard of… Early 18th Century Indian Pirates off the New England coast:
It started when fishermen working off shore were suddenly surprised by natives, silently paddling bark canoes. Crews back from Caribbean voyages reported being met at sea by craft mounting swivel guns and crewed by heavily armed Native Americans.
— Michael G. Walling
Here’s a link to the full story — and a tip of the hat to my friend Deuce Richardson, former blog master of The Cimmerian and contributor to the Robert E. Howard forum for digging this up.
• Image by Don Maitz