During the early years of the seventeenth century, a young man grew up in Oostzaan, a village in the region of Kennemerland in the province of North Holland. This lad, reputedly “fair of form,” bourgeois in his origins, and respectable in his personal comportment,1 maintained “a deep yearning to go to sea.”2 And so to sea he went, during that time immediately after the war with Spain recommenced (1621), working as an“Adventurer”— a privateer—“in the service of his Fatherland.”3 He enjoyed great success, attacking and plundering numerous ships belonging to his homeland’s enemies, Spain and Portugal, as well as fighting the privateers of Dunkirk, Oostende, and Cadiz.4


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