Buccaneers Playing Cards (Canceled)
We are launching the Buccaneers Playing Cards to keep alive a history that many history books don’t dare to tell.
Buccaneers Playing Cards (Canceled)
We are launching the Buccaneers Playing Cards to keep alive a history that many history books don’t dare to tell.
Last Promotion Is Back Until the End!
We have lowered the bar for the big spenders for the last time — 2 bricks for $200; 5 bricks for $500; and 10 bricks for $1,000.
We are also limiting the number of pledges on these promotions. So if you are interested, act fast.
Thank you so much for your support. As we say here in Hawai‘i, Mahalo Nui Loa!
Ahoy! Work Like a Captain, Play Like a Pirate!
I'm Léo Azambuja, and I have been an artist since I can remember. I work as a newspaper editor, reporter and photographer in Hawaii. Between my father, my younger brother and I, we spent countless hours to bring the Buccaneers Playing Cards project to life. My father, Lielzo Azambuja, is an 80-year-old amazingly talented working artist with several solo and group exhibitions under his belt. He's also ambidextrous, meaning he can paint with both hands — and at the same time if you ask him. My younger brother, Rafael Mahler, is a graphic designer, a video editor and a painter. He used his magic to digitally put together all the images into the playing cards. My father did all the watercolors, and all three of us contributed to the art in the back of the cards.
UPDATE: Scroll down for a list of ADD ONS (additional decks for $11 and more)
The original buccaneers were hunters who lived on the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic) in the Caribbean. Their name came from the boucans they used to smoke the meat of wild animals. The first known use of the term buccaneer to describe a pirate was in 1686. Generally, buccaneers were any of the freebooters who preyed on Spanish ships or towns in the West Indies (Caribbean Islands) in the 17th and 18th century. Sometimes, they were allowed — and even commissioned — by the British government to attack and plunder enemy ships. But make no mistake, buccaneers were pirates, and both terms would eventually be used describe anyone who robbed at sea or plundered the land from the sea without a commission from any sovereign nation. The Buccaneers Playing Cards project portrays the West Indies (Caribbean) pirates as well as pirates from other regions of the world.
The project is already finalized and ready to be sent over and printed by the United States Playing Cards Company. We picked USPCC because of this company's exceptional reputation and quality, but we are aware there are many other printers with outstanding services as well. We are setting a delivery date for October 2019, but we are hoping to send it earlier. We'll keep you pirates informed as the project goes along. Right now we only have a brown version of the deck, but we will unlock a green version when the campaign reaches $19,000.
Add to your pledge to make a custom reward pledge
Any of the following items can be added to a reward package by simply increasing your pledge by the amount shown and then stating the reward you want in the survey after the campaign. FOR EXAMPLE: If you are pledging the $37 package (three decks) and you want to add the $54 signed print, select the $37 package but type $91 in as your pledge. After the campaign, you will fill out a survey that will ask you what you want for the extra $54 you pledged, and you can select the signed print from the menu of options.
- $11 – Additional deck
- $54 – Signed print of your choice
- $54 – Uncut sheet
- $136 – Brick with 12 decks
- $650 – All 14 signed prints + brick with 12 decks
- $$1,360 – 12 bricks with 144 decks, for the price of 10 bricks
The Brown Deck is available now. The Green Deck will unlock when the campaign reaches a $19,000 goal. You will be able to choose which decks you want once the survey goes out at the end of the campaign. You will be able to mix and match unless your tier includes a brick. In this case, you can only pick one color for your brick.
Blackbeard's real name was Edward Teach. He was born around 1680 in Bristol, England. Blackbeard operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of England’s North American Colonies. He may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen Anne’s War before settling on the island of New Providence, in the Bahamas. It was there that Teach joined the crew of Capt. Benjamin Hornigold in 1716. Blackbeard got his nickname from his thick black beard and frightening appearance. He was known for tying lit fuses under his hat to scare his enemies. The feared pirate was killed in battle on Nov. 22, 1718, but only after putting a ferocious fight in Ocracoke, province of North Carolina.
Sir Henry Morgan was born Harri Morgan in Wales on Jan. 24, 1635. In 1667, he was given a carte blanche by England to attack and pillage Spanish ships. He also raided towns in Cuba, Panama and Venezuela. Once relations between the Spanish and the British got better, Morgan was arrested in 1672 and brought to court in England, only to be treated as a hero and knighted. He was eventually appointed lieutenant governor of Jamaica, where he died on Aug. 24, 1688
Black Bart was born in Wales on May 17, 1682. His real name was John Roberts, and he later changed his name to Bartholomew Roberts. He was a second mate on a slave ship when pirate Howell Davis captured his ship off the coast of Ghana in June 1719. When Davis died six weeks later, Roberts was elected new captain. Months later, after one of his crew sailed off with their ship and a portion of their loot, Roberts and his crew agreed on new articles, now known as the Pirate Code. He died in battle off the coast of Gabon on Feb. 10, 1722.
Howell Davis was born in 1690 in Wales. He also known as Hywel Davies, his Welsh name. He became a pirate on July 11, 1718, when the slave ship Cadogan, on which he was serving as a mate, was captured by pirates. During his short 11-month career as a pirate, Davis terrorized the Caribbean and Africa’s West Coast, and captured at least 15 British and French ships. He was ambushed and killed on Principe Island on the West Coast of Africa on June 19, 1719.
Anne Bonny was born as Anne Cormac in Ireland in 1698. She was a fiery redhead who became one of the most famous female pirates of all time. Anne’s mother, Mary Brennan, was a servant for Anne’s father, William Cormac, in Ireland. Cormac eventually moved to the Province of Carolina, taking the young Anne and her mother along, and amassed a small fortune there. Anne got her last name after marrying James Bonny, a small-time pirate in Carolina. After Cormac disowned Anne, the young couple moved to New Providence Island, a then-sanctuary for pirates. In the summer of 1718, a new governor of the island decided to clean the house, and James Bonny became a snitch, resulting in several pirates being arrested. Anne had gotten involved with pirate Calico Jack, who offered James Bonny money to divorce Anne. The offer was refused, and Anne left town in Calico Jack’s ship. She and Mary Read were both disguised as men, and Calico Jack was the only one who knew about it. The crew terrorized the Caribbean until getting caught in October 1720. Calico Jack and his crew were too drunk to fight, but it is said that Anne and Mary Read put a fierce battle and even held off the enemy for a while. Supposedly, Bonny's last words to Calico Jack were, “Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hang'd like a dog.” Anne and Mary were also sentenced be hanged, but both “pleaded for their bellies,” asking for mercy for being pregnant. In following the British law, they were given a temporary stay of execution until they would give birth. Mary died in prison soon after childbirth, but Anne’s fate is still subject to speculation. Many believe she was release after childbirth, but there is neither historical record of her release nor execution. Some think her father ransomed her, that she returned to her husband, and even that she went back to piracy. There is no official records of Anne’s death, but some historians believe she lived a long life and died in April 1782 in South Carolina.
Grace O’Malley was born in 1530 in Ireland. Her actual Irish name was Gráinne Ní Mháille. She became lord of the Ó Máille dynasty in the west of Ireland after the death of her father, Eoghan Dubhdara Ó Máille, despite having a brother. Throughout her life, O'Malley was Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the Ó Máille clan, rebel, seafarer and fearless leader who challenged the politics of 16th century England and Ireland. Irish legends immortalized Ó Máille as a courageous woman who overcame boundaries of gender imbalance and bias to fight for the independence of Ireland and protect it against the English crown, while to the English, she was considered a brutal and thieving pirate who controlled the coastlines through intimidation and plunder. At 56 years old, O’Malley was captured by the British and narrowly escaped death sentence. Over time, her influence, wealth and lands faded, until the brink of poverty. After hearing about the capture of her brother and son, O’Malley petitioned the Crown for redress, and then set sail for England. During a historic 1593 meeting with Queen Elizabeth I, she managed to convince her to free her family and restore much of her lands and influence. During her life, O’Malley built a notable political influence with surrounding nations, and a great notoriety at sea, making her one of the most important figures of the Irish folklore. She successfully protected the independence of her lands during the time when much of Ireland fell under the English rule. O’Malley died in 1603 at 72 or 73 years old in Rockfleet Castle in Ireland.
Ching Shih was born Shih Yang in Guangzhou, China in 1775. She was a pirate leader who terrorized the China Seas during the Jiaqing Emperor period of the Qing Dynasty in the early 19th century. She commanded more than 300 junks, or traditional Chinese sailing ships, with crews totaling somewhere between 20,000 and 40,000 pirates—men, women and even children. She entered into conflict with the major nations, such as the British Empire, the Portuguese Empire and the Qing Dynasty. Her fleet established hegemony over many coastal villages, in some cases even imposing levies and taxes on settlements. Ching Shih robbed towns, markets and villages, from Macau to Canton. In one coastal village, the Sanshan village, they beheaded 80 men and abducted women and children and held them for ransom until they were sold in slavery. But on Jan. 22, 1810, after a series of defeats to the Portuguese Navy, Ching Shih surrendered to the Portuguese at the Naval Battle of Check Lap Kok. She later accepted an amnesty offered by the Qing Imperial government to all pirates who agreed to surrender, ending their career and allowed to keep the loot that same year. After her husband, who was also her son, died at sea in 1822, Ching Shih moved to Macau and opened a gambling house and a brothel. She was also involved in the salt trade there. In her later years, she served as a military advisor to Lin Zexu during the First Opium War against the British, which broke out in 1839. She died in bed, surrounded by family, at 69 years old in Macau.
Mary Read was born in England in 1685. Mary’s mother was married to a sailor and had a son. After her husband disappeared at sea, Mary’s mother became pregnant from an affair, and moved to the country to disguise it. Soon after, the boy died. In order to continue receiving financial help from her late husband’s family, Mary’s mother disguised her daughter as a boy well into her teens. For the rest of her life, Mary Read would disguise as a man to find employment in ships, and even fought for the British and the Dutch armies as a man. In a time of peace, and without work, she boarded a ship for the West Indies. Her ship was taken by pirates, and Mary willingly joined them. She was later given a royal pardon and commissioned as a privateer, but then joined in a mutiny. In 1720, she joined the crew of pirate Calico Jack. There is historical speculation that Mary and Anne Bonny, who was romantically involved with Calico Jack, had a relationship as well. Their ship was captured in battle on Nov. 15, 1720. Calico Jack was hanged, and Mary and Anne, both pregnant, were given a stay of execution until they gave birth. Anne would give birth, and her fate is subject to speculation. Mary died of fever in prison, supposedly at childbirth. The record of her burial at St. Catherine’s Church in Jamaica shows April 28, 1721. But there is no record of her child’s burial, and the baby may have survived or perhaps was never born.
Captain Kidd was born in Scotland in 1654. His name was William Kidd. He later settled in the newly anglicized New York City, where he befriended prominent colonial citizens, including three governors. Some published information suggests he was a seaman's apprentice on a pirate ship during this time, before partaking in his more famous seagoing exploits. In 1689, Kidd was a member of a French-English pirate crew sailing the Caribbean under Captain Jean Fantin. In one of their voyages, Kidd and others mutinied, ousting the captain and sailing to the British colony of Nevis. They renamed the ship Blessed William, and Kidd became captain. In 1695, with the backing of the governor of New York and Massachusetts, plus a handful of powerful investors in England, Kidd was commissioned to go after certain pirates, as well as others associated with pirates and any enemy French ship. But early into his voyage, Kidd was already a wanted pirate. In 1699, he was lured to Boston with false promises of clemency, and then arrested and sent to England a year later. He was tried and hanged as a pirate on May 23, 1701. His body was gibbeted over the River Thames for three years as a warning to would-be pirates.
Hayreddin Barbarossa was born on the island of Lesbos in the Mediterranean Sea in 1478. His name was Khizr Reis. His naval victories as Ottoman admiral secured Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century. After a lengthy and successful career, Barbarossa retired in Istanbul in 1545, leaving his son Hasan Pasha as his successor in Algiers. He then dictated his memoirs to Muradi Sinan Reis. They consist of five hand-written volumes known as Gazavat-ı Hayreddin Paşa (Conquests of Hayreddin Pasha). They are in exhibit at the Topkapi Palace and at the Istanbul University Library. Hayreddin Barbarossa died in 1546 in his seaside palace in the Büyükdere neighborhood of Istanbul, on the northwestern shores of the Bosphorus. He is buried in the tall mausoleum near the ferry port of the district of Besiktas, on the European side of Istanbul, which was built in 1541 by the famous architect Mimar Sinan, at the site where his fleet used to assemble.
Very little is known about Portuguese Barthelemy. He is also known as Bartolomeu Português. He was a Portuguese buccaneer who attacked Spanish ships in the late 17th century. He is also credited with establishing one of the earliest sets of pirate rules known in the pirate lore as the Pirate Code, which was used by many pirates of the 18th century. Barthelemy arrived in the Caribbean in the early 1660s. As many pirates of that period, he operated off Campeche, South Mexico from 1666 to 1669. He captured a large Spanish ship off the coast of Cuba carrying 70,000 pieces of eight, or Spanish dollar, and 120,000 pounds of cacao beans. Before he could sail to Jamaica, he was captured and his loot seized by authorities. He managed to escape while being held prisoner near the southeast tip of Mexico, and swam ashore and walked through 120 miles of jungle. Barthelemy then recruited 20 men, sailed to Campeche and captured the ship in which he was held prisoner, and sailed off with the same amount of cargo. But the ship ran aground near the Isle of Pines, West Cuba, and lost its entire cargo. With his remaining crew, Barthelemy returned to Port Royal, Jamaica before setting out once again. However, nothing more is recorded of him.
Calico Jack was born in England on Dec. 26, 1682. His name was John Rackham. He operating in the Bahamas and in Cuba during the early 18th century. His nickname was derived from the calico clothing that he wore, while Jack is a nickname for “John.” Calico Jack was active towards the end (1718-1720) of the Golden Age of Piracy, which lasted from 1650 to 1730. He is most remembered for having two female crew members; Mary Read and his lover, Anne Bonny. Rackham deposed Charles Vane from his position as captain of the pirate sloop Ranger, then cruised the Leeward Islands, Jamaica Channel and Windward Passage. He accepted a pardon in 1719 and moved to New Providence, where he met Anne Bonny, who was married to James Bonny at the time. He returned to piracy in 1720 by stealing a British sloop, and Anne joined him. Their new crew included Mary Read, who was disguised as a man at the time. After a short run, Rackham was captured by Royal Navy pirate hunter Jonathan Barnet in 1720 and was hanged in Port Royal, Jamaica on Nov. 18, 1720. His body was gibbeted on display on a small islet at the main entrance of Port Royal, now known as Rackham’s Cay.
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