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PIERRE, surnamed le Picard (pc-air), French buccaneer, born in Abbeville, France, about the year 1624; died in Costa Rica, Central America, in 1679. He followed the sea for several years, but in 1652, his vessel stopping at the island of Tortuga, he was induced to desert and to join the buccaneers. He attached himself to the fortune of Jaques Nan, called L'Olonnais (q. v.), in 1662, became his most trusted lieutenant, participated in the expeditions against the Spanish main, and commanded also a division of the fleet under Sir Henry Morgan that pillaged the Isthmus of Panama. When L'Olonnais proposed to attack Guatemala, Pierre refused to accompany him, and, going to the coast of Costa Rica, ravaged the Spanish establishments on Chagres river, took and burned the city of Veragua, but in the interior he was defeated and compelled to re-embark with little booty. In the following year he attacked the coast of Campeche, and in 1672 landed at, Leogone, pillaging the surrounding country. In 1674, with Moyse Van Vin, he attacked Maracaibo, but without success, and during the following years, either alone or in association with other chiefs, he pillaged the Bay of Honduras and the coasts of Venezuela and Santo Domingo, and amassed enormous riches, lie purposed to return to France. when in a last cruise he was shipwrecked off the coast of Costa Rica and perished with all his crew.
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