Joseph Bradley (buccaneer)

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Joseph Bradley was an English buccaneer active in the Caribbean in around 1670.[1] He died during the capture of Fort San Lorenzo.

Gulf Campaign (1669-1670)[edit]

Bradley aided Roche Braziliano and Jelles de Lescat in a campaign against the Spanish around the Laguna de Términos in the spring of 1669. Bradley was the only to capture a ship, a Cuban vessel with a cargo of flour.[2] Bradley and Braziliano returned to blockade the town of Campeche that summer.[3]

Panama Campaign (1670-1671)[edit]

In August 1670, Bradley sailed with Braziliano and de Lescat to join Henry Morgan's campaign in Panama. Morgan sent Bradley's Mayflower and two other ships (with a force of 400 men) to capture Fort San Lorenzo which guarded the mouth of the Chagres river and the city of Chagres.[3]

Although Bradley and 100 of his men died during the attack, it left Chagres unprotected and vulnerable to Morgan's fleet allowing them to capture the city.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Famous Pirates". Privateer Dragons. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  2. ^ Marley, David (2010). Pirates of the Americas, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 149. ISBN 9781598842012. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Marley, David (2010). Pirates of the Americas, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 150. ISBN 9781598842012. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ Brooke, Peter; Morgan, Jonathan. "Henry Morgan and the British presence in the Caribbean". British Values. p. 18. Retrieved 30 August 2018.