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PERROT, Pierre, surnamed Pierre Franc, French buccaneer, born in Dunkirk in 1632; died in Tortuga, in 1681. His father, a banker of Dunkirk, became one of the associates of the Montreal company, and one of his brothers went to Canada and was employed for several years in missionary work among the Hurons and Iroquois. Pierre received a good education, but, as he was a younger son, he went in 1652 to Santo Domingo in quest of fortune, and joined the buccaneers. In the following year, with a small sloop and twenty-six men, he cruised off Cape Vela, waiting for the passage of vessels bound from Maracaibo to the coast of Campeche. As none came in sight, and as he ran short of provisions, he made sail for Rio Hacha, where a Spanish squadron protected the pearl-fisheries. By a sudden attack he captured the flag-ship, but the main division of the fleet gave chase, and he was finally overtaken, and surrendered after a desperate action. He was transported to Carthagena, and, worked for two years in stone quarries, in building the fortifications of the city, but was released in 1655, through the intervention of his father, and returning to France, published an interesting narrative of his captivity. As he had vowed to revenge himself, he went again to Tortuga, about 1660, took part in most of the successful expeditions of the buccaneers, and amassed wealth. At the time of his death he held an important place in the colonial administration of Tortuga. He published "Relation d'une captivite h Carthagdne des Indes," which is now rare (Amsterdam, 1657).
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