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Kris Lane

was born around 1600. According to various witnesses, Diego Martín was of mixed African-Spanish heritage and a native of Havana, Cuba. It is unclear if he was enslaved or free, or what occupation he pursued prior to his career in piracy.

Names such as Francis Drake Piet Heyn and Henry Morgan still dominate histories of early modern piracy in the Americas but it is often forgotten that all three corsair captains regularly relied on men and women of African descent for inside knowledge of Spanish ports forts and shipping schedules Enslaved and free Africans and their descendants filled the Atlantic world from its inception in the fifteenth century and well before the time of Francis Drake there was virtually no Spanish or Portuguese ship or coastal town without some African presence In the Americas autonomous Africans could also be found Drake was famously aided by the so called Bayano ...