• Gasparilla

Published Date

  • published 1940


Gasparilla, himself was so severely injured that he was confined to his bed
for two months. According to the diary the stolen goods amounted to about
480,000 pesos in gold coinage of several nations, with jewelry, furniture,
clothing, equipment, food, rum, and other goods.

Nowhere in the notes did Gasparilla refer to where he had hidden
these riches. One entry gives the pirate rendezvous with a community of
eight officers-43 able bodied men, 23 wives, 12 manservants, 8
maidservants, 15 probationary prisoners, which included 7 men, 6
women, and 2 small boys.

A romantic story of Gasparilla was related in the diary. It concerned
the adventure of Ann Jeffrey, an English girl. Ann had sailed to Louisiana
to visit a sister. On the return voyage, the clipper was raided by Gasparilla
and the girl was taken captive. According to Gasparilla, he gave her every
courtesy while a prisoner on the island and after several months fell deeply
in love with her. One day he told her of his love and asked her to marry
him. Fearfully, Ann told him that this was impossible because she loved
someone else. When Gasparilla pressed her, she confessed that it was
Batista, one of Gasparilla's youngest and bravest pirates, and that, with his
consent, they hoped to be married. Gasparilla was astounded that one of his
men would dare to desire a woman of his own choice. All that night the
buccaneer walked the floor in chagrin and anger, and many believed that the
morrow would bring the death of Batista.