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LEGRAND, Pierre (leh-gron'), French buccaneer, born in Dieppe, France, about 1620; died there in 1670. He was the first buccaneer on the island of Tortugas, and became famous by his audacious capture of the vice-admiral of the Spanish fleet near Cape Tiburon, on the western shore of Santo Domingo, which he performed with a small boat manned by twenty-eight men. His vessel was leaking, and he was rendered desperate by want of provisions. After reaching the Spanish vessel, Legrand cut a hole in the boat by which he had come, so that his followers were forced to take the ship or die in the attempt. The vessel soon surrendered, an immense booty was divided among the buccaneers, and Legrand, with his share, returned to France, where he remained till his death.
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