Roberto Cofresí

Roberto Cofresí

Puerto Rican Pirate
Born Jun 17, 1791

Roberto Cofresí, better known as "El Pirata Cofresí", was the most renowned pirate in Puerto Rico. He became interested in sailing at a young age. By the time he reached adulthood there were some political and economic difficulties in Puerto Rico, which at the time was a colony of Spain. Influenced by this situation he decided to become a pirate in 1818.… Read More

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1791 Birth Born on June 17, 1791.


1815 24 Years Old On January 14, 1815, three months after his father's death, Cofresí married Juana Creitoff in San Miguel Arcángel parish, Cabo Rojo. … Read More
1816 25 Years Old …  By 1816, governor Salvador Meléndez Bruna shifted responsibility for law enforcement from the Captaincy General of Puerto Rico to the mayors. … Read More
1818 27 Years Old Although he belonged to a prestigious family, Cofresí was not wealthy. In 1818 he paid 17 maravedís in taxes, spending most of his time at sea and earning a low wage.
1820 29 Years Old Among Cofresí's associates were Juan de los Reyes, José Cartagena and Francisco Ramos, and the criminals continued to thrive in 1820. … Read More


…  The central government issued wanted posters for Cofresí, and in July 1821 he and the rest of his gang were captured; Bey escaped, becoming a fugitive. … Read More
1822 31 Years Old There is little documentation of Cofresí’s whereabouts in 1822. … Read More
By 1823 Cofresí was probably on the crew of the corsair barquentine El Scipión, captained by José Ramón Torres and managed by his cousin (the first mayor of Mayagüez, José María Ramírez de Arellano). … Read More
Attacks on two brigantines were reported by Renato Beluche on February 12, 1824, and published in El Colombiano several days later. … Read More
On the evening of January 25, 1825 Cofresí sailed a sloop towards the Grampus, which was patrolling the west coast. … Read More
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