Pirates are popular in the Keys. Everywhere you look you see some cutthroat’s name or image purloined by a business for its identity. Adventurous and daring, pirates have become something they were certainly not: a lovable, fun-loving bunch of salty rapscallions. But even more misleading is the absence of women in all this lore. Were there no members of the kinder, gentler sex flying the Jolly Roger along the Spanish Main?
Ah, but indeed there were! And no one who’s life and legend is more suitable for our purpose than the illustrious pirate Anne-Marie “Dieu-le-Veut” (pronounced “D’you-la-Vuh”).
Born in France on 28 August 1661, she’d earned her nickname “Dieu-le-Veut” (God wants it) because she took what she wanted as if God willed it. In fact, she was so intent on taking what she wanted she was deported to French Tortuga as a criminal at the tender age of 14.
In 1684 she married the French buccaneer Pierre LeLong who was later killed in bar fight by another ruthless pirate named Laurens de Graaf. Laurens, however, had made the mistake of insulting Anne who had been brawling alongside her hubby. Incensed by the insult and further angered by her sudden return to the single's life, Anne pulled her pistol and challenged Laurens to a duel. But then, so taken with her beauty, courage, and brazenness, Laurens tossed down his weapon and proposed marriage instead! Although she knew Laurens was already married, Anne was not a girl vexed by trifles and agreed to the proposal immediately. Together they sailed and terrorized the Spanish fleet, commanding their ship as husband and wife. Eventually Laurens lost his head over it all, carried away by a Spanish cannonball. Hubby number two now gone, Anne retired to a quiet life in Big Pine Key and left al that craziness in Key West behind her.
Or so the story goes…
But whatever the truth about Anne, we we could find no better name than her's for a Keys’ business focused on adventurous seafaring couples. Even if “Steve’s Scuba Skiff” would have made much more sense in terms of marketing (easier to pronounce and remember), alas, it was a case of our hearts over minds and in the Keys, well, you come as you are.
Best regards and safe diving!