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The Legend of Charlotte de Berry

Charlotte de Berry was born in England in 1636. In her mid to late teens, she fell in love with a sailor and, against her parents will, married him. Disguised as a man, she followed him on board his ship and fought alongside him.

Charlotte's true identity was discovered by an officer who kept this knowledge to himself, wanting her as his own. To help his own cause, the officer assigned her husband to the most dangerous jobs, which he survived thanks to his wife's help.

The officer finally accused Charlotte's husband of mutiny, of which he was found guilty based on an officer's word against that of a common sailor. He was punished and killed by flogging. The officer then made advances towards Charlotte, which she refused. The next time they were in port she killed the officer and snuck away, dressing again as a woman and working on the docks.
While Charlotte worked on the docks, a captain of a merchant ship saw her and kidnapped her. He forced de Berry to marry him and took her away on his vessel bound for Africa. To escape her new husband, who was a brutal rapist and tyrant, de Berry gained the respect of the crew and persuaded them to mutiny. In revenge, she decapitated her husband and became captain of his ship.
After years of pirating, Charlotte fell in love with a Spaniard who had joined her crew. During a storm, they were shipwrecked and her husband died (some say due to cannibalism), leaving her heartbroken. A Dutch ship rescued Charlotte and her surviving crew.
When that ship was attacked by pirates, Charlotte and her crew bravely defended their rescuers. While the others celebrated victory, Charlotte jumped overboard in order to join her dead husband. No one knows if she survived or not.
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