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Capt Jean David Nau
Birth: 1635
Death: 1667

Legendary pirate. Also know as "L'Ollonais." He was born in Les Sables d'Ollone in France. L'Ollonais first arrived in the Caribbean as an indentured servant during the 1650s. By 1660, his indenture was complete and he began to wander the various islands, before finally arriving in Saint-Domingue and becoming a buccaneer, preying on Spanish shipping in the region. A party of Spanish soldiers attacked l'Ollonais and his crew, killing almost the entire party. L'Ollonais himself survived by covering himself in the blood of others and hiding amongst the dead. After the Spaniards departed, l'Ollonais, with the assistance of some slaves, escaped and made his way to Tortuga. Shortly after this, he and his crew held a town hostage, demanding a ransom from its Spanish rulers. The governor of Havana sent a ship to kill l'Ollonais' party, but l'Ollonais captured and beheaded the entire crew save one, who he spared so that the happining could be delivered to Havana. In 1667, l'Ollonais sailed from Tortuga with a fleet of eight ships and a crew of six hundred pirates to sack Maracaibo. En route, l'Ollonais crossed paths with a Spanish treasure ship, which he captured, along with its rich cargo of cacao, gemstones and more than 40,000 pieces of eight. Same year he captured and plundered Maracaibo. L'Ollonais himself was an expert torturer, and his techniques included slicing portions of flesh off the victim with a sword, burning them alive, or "woolding", which involved tying knotted rope around the victim's head until their eyes were forced out or eating victims heart alive in front of others. Word of his attack on Maracaibo and Gibraltar reached Tortuga, and l'Ollonais earnt a reputation for his ferocity and cruelty and he was given the nickname "Flail of the Spaniards" (French: Fléau des Espagnois). Seven hundred pirates enlisted with him when he mounted his next expedition, this time to the Central American mainland, later that year. After pillaging Puerto Cavello, l'Ollonais was ambushed by a large force of Spanish soldiers en route to San Pedro. Only narrowly escaping with his life, l'Ollonais captured two Spaniards. Killed one of them by torture and the other horrified, the surviving Spaniard showed l'Ollonais a clear route. However, l'Ollonais and the few men still surviving were repelled, and retreated back to their ship. They ran aground on a sandbar in the Gulf of Honduras, and, unable to dislodge their craft, headed inland to find food, but were captured by Amerindians in Darién. He was torn in pieces alive and eaten by Dariéns. His story became very famous by Alexander Exquemelin' book of "The History of the Bucaniers of America" published in 1694. (bio by: M M) 
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Body was cannibalised by Darién Indians
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Originally Created by: M M
Record added: Aug 28, 2005
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Capt Jean David Nau
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