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Thomas Tew

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Captain Thomas Tew, “The Rhode Island Pirate”, 1692 – 1695

Tew’s use of a cutlass was a pretty unambiguous warning. He wouldn’t hesitate to kill anyone who stood in his way, so his enemies should just surrender. The warning was well-heeded: even though Tew was only a pirate for three years (1692 – 1695) he had managed to amass a wealth of about £8,000 ($1,651,137.49 today) by the time he died in 1695.

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Published in 29/05/2020

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