Historical references: François L’Olonnais & Roronoa Zoro

“If is the famous pirate François L’Ollonais the source of Zoro’s name? You got it. I took the name from François L’Ollonais, who was the cruelest of all the Caribbean Pirates” (Oda)

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Jean David Nau, better known as François L’Olonnais, was a French buccaneer, pirate and privateer. He was known as one of the cruelest pirates in the Caribbean Sea. He treated the region’s Spanish and native inhabitants with such savagery that many historians believe he was insane.
With over 600 buccaneers and 8 ships he attacked the cities Maracaibo and Gibraltar in the Gulf of Venezuela. The city of Maracaibo was conquered easily and that left region wide open, easy for a devastation. When the buccaneers came to Maracaibo , they realized that a lot of townsfolk escaped, so they chased the fugitives throughout woods and brought them back. L’Ollonais was abominably torturing almost every citizen until they betray their friends and reveal hidden treasures . Some of them died in pain.
After that, they landed near Gibraltar. The Citizens met same fate as the ones in Maracaibo . They were raped, tortured, murdered , and no one was spared. Some of them died without any particular reason, just for personal satisfaction. Almost whole town was burned.
L’Ollonais conducted many treasure raids against Spanish possessions and was killed while attempting a raid, captured by the Indians who were on the Spanish side. His life finished like he perhaps deserved. He was cut into pieces and burned. Some rumor goes that he was eaten by cannibals.

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