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Elizabeth Shirland by GENZOMAN Elizabeth Shirland by GENZOMAN
A old one of the pirate colection :)
Although John Cabot (ca. 1450-1499) established an English claim to the North American continent as early as 1497-1498, more than half a century elapsed before Englishmen turned their attention to the new lands. The most well-known early colony was founded by Sir Walter Raleigh (ca. 1554-1618) on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina. In 1585, Raleigh's men settled on the small island. Relations with the Native American inhabitants were peaceful at first, but as the colonists' supplies dwindled, amity dwindled too. The colonists left in 1586 after beheading the local Indian chief, Wingina.

Raleigh arranged for Governor John White and a group of families to return to live in peace with the natives in 1587. Violence, however, is not easily forgotten. Within one month, hostilities resumed, and White was forced to return to England to ask Raleigh for reinforcements. Time was not on White's side. When the war with Spain erupted, White could not return to the colony for three years. When he set foot on Roanoke Island in August 1590, he searched frantically for the settlers, including his daughter and granddaughter, the first English New World baby, named Virginia Dare.

All that could be found was the remains of a village and a mysterious word, "CROATOAN," engraved on a tree. White concluded there must be a connection between the word and a nearby Indian tribe, but before he could investigate, a violent storm forced him out to sea and back to England.

Left for three years, the 117 men, women, and children had disappeared mysteriously. This lost colony remains one of the greatest mysteries of the colonial period. Although Raleigh sent an expedition to search for them, the colonists are never found and their fate remains unknown.

However, it is known that Elizabeth Shirland was amongst those settlers. It is rumored that after being left behind the colonists built a wall around their homes for protection from the Indians. This was the wall that John White found on his return to Roanoke Island in 1590. The men would leave the fort to hunt and fish as the colonist's food supply eventually ran out. The Indians ambushed and killed each man as they left the fort. In time all the men were killed and the Indians captured the women and children. The Indians took the hostages to their villages to live and work as slaves.

Elizabeth was raised by Indians and left the island 1589 on board of a Spanish ship after she was picked up by Spanish soldiers. It is said that she was held captive and raped several times by the soldiers before she killed her sentinel with his own knife during the turmoil of a pirate attack a few weeks later.

Disguised as a young man she had served under the command of Sir Francis Drake, before she returned to England and got married in 1595. However, she could not stand the life of a housewife and soon left her husband and went to sea again. Little is known about her life and destiny from that point forward. She returned to York, England again once or twice, where she gave birth to a little son. Soon afterwards she left her family for good.

Elizabeth had prepared her own career as a woman pirate. It is safe to assume that she was inspired by the criminal career of the famous woman pirate Grace O'Malley. When she was captain on her own ship, she disclosed her sex to her crew and she commanded and ruled them with her iron will and her strong ability to assert herself. She used men from the crew for her sexual pleasure, and some of them left the ship with a cut throat. Due to that fact and her ability to master the blade she was also known as the Cutlass Liz.

Cutlass Liz was not too successful as a pirate captain, and hardly anything is known about her operations. The only successful strike reported was the capturing of a Spanish merchant in 1604, where Cutlass Liz looted silk and gold before burning the captured ship. A few weeks afterwards she was betrayed to the Spanish by two members of her crew and was arrested while making love to one of her traitors. As the Spaniards dragged the naked woman pirate from the bed, she was suddenly aware of the treason and managed to stab her lover with the dagger she had hidden beneath her pillows. She was instantly killed by the soldiers, what spared her from public humiliation and the painful death of hanging.

However, her only mentionable booty - gold and goods worth at least 30,000 - was not on board of her ship anymore and could never be retrieved.

PSCS/graphire 3/7hours/music: Carried by the wind - ayreon (Arjen Lucassen is a MASTER!)

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freeza-frost Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mmm!  she looks awesome!
suley-star Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Wow me encanta la pose lo juro ;OOO
WickedRaven Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh she's so kickass! Amazing! :D
Houjou Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am reeeaaaallly digging the background for some reason, the setting is awesome!
EaRayosKilgannon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist
woo!! Pirates!! I'm a fan of pirates! XD
Draaky Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kurai-Ai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow so cool! I wish having the same name would make me as epic!
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012

Elisabeth Shirland: All of that is very interesting, mate. But you forgot one thing.

Genzoman: What?

Elisabeth Shirland: That I'm Captain Elisabeth Shirland.
MichaelLudewig Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful pic!!!!! <3
The-Jazmo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
That's all good, mate, but you forgot one thing:

I'm Captain Jack Sparrow.
Satoshi444 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student General Artist
She is one hot girl!
RS-Kyra Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student Photographer
I can't get enough of how you draw texture in black hair :love: your drawings inspire me so much.
VariusMayhem Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Who needs gold? I want that woman!:deviation:
This goes to my Favs!
SethSteiner Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
She is absolutly great and it`s a really mysterious story but I don`t think that she wasn`t successful. You can`t live a life on sea without making money and that doesn`t happen if you just sail to here and there without doing anything. I think strong women like these aren`t honored enough but also, history is a bitch. Who knows how much of her story is true and what not? Especially the rape thing is a little bit to common to be real in all the stories that are told, it`s like every man on earth has the ability to fuck every lady around at every time and even if many man won`t admit it, unless you`re a male pornstar you can`t do it all the time. Especially in the old times where you worked 16 hours a day you had better to do. On the other hand, this could be one of the stories where it`s true. It`s not hard for a human to get a motherfucker after somebody does something violent to you.

However, Elizabeth Shirland was a freakin` cool woman and a shining example for the females, that aren`t so soft as males often called them.
s-4 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this pic blows my mined
SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
trikla Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Artist
haha! nice [link]
DictatorDelights Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
How she never managed to get pregnant during those sexual escapades I have no idea but I definitely like the back story. I've always wondered what happened to those colonists. Maybe they raised Virginia Dare and she just grew up believing she was a Native American with very light skin. I like the sort of sepia-ish color scheme you've got going on. It brings out the reds and blues so nicely. Her fierce expression is great but the pose seems very feminine and based on the story I'd expect something very masculine from her especially if she's brandishing her sword skills.
Elinewton Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Great character!!
xxCupcakezplzxx Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
wow this is ironic i looked up adriana (my best friends name) and i saw that you made an interesting character with her name then i looked up my name as well and look at what i find!!! ahh brilliance.
xDemonofLostChaosX Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
Talk about one hell of a woman. o.0"
mum Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student Writer
I feel oddly empowered by this
Montalve Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
gran trabajo Genzoman, gran trabajo
coupdefeat Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
whoa that is soo awsome and yet so deadly
Brujitaloveskurama Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Student General Artist
she looks really pretty and sexy xP
goRillA-iNK Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student General Artist
What a great pirate booty. LOL
Sorry I couldn't resist. Ha ha ha

I love your work. You are really,really good. Damn Good!
ramaeschlimann Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
She's perfect! :love:
mewtwo8 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
no lo habia notado, pero son biografias mas llamativas (y sexys) :worship:
twincastX Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
S-e-x-t-u-S Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
RuneKatashima Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
I love the historic background you bring with all your artwork. Your art style too is good work o.o
RedIsDrunk Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
captdiablo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
awesome as usual :D
Keimori Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay pirate chick!!
SquallKLeonhart Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
Quite interesting, I like the look on her face an everlasting defiance.
With these historical figures, you seem to make them come to life, while retaining your own special style, it's quite the balance. If I could request a person, it would be the great General Belisarius.
willybum Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Your Very Talented

You Give The Picture Great Depth :)
Iesacejs Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Student General Artist
Yea, its awsome.... but whats with her legs? :jarkorig:
DarKTrinitY123 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Amazing amazing brilliantly amazing:):) i love your work

P.s. I would not fight against her ;)
notolga Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
your pieces are amazing!
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Beautiful. :)
A1be1nox Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work once again!
joe-7 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
I REALLY love your style!! :)
Graveyard-Keeper Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Muchas gracias por siempre agregar la historia que inspira a estos excelentes trabajos, son siempre muy interesantes. =)
Narutokx Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
La primera vez que la vi pense que era de la pelicula "los piratas del caribe" xD
Warbetweenlegends Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
you made an awesome job with this drawing :)
awesome colors and design :)
i really love it ^-^
keep it up
Grifdaddy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Quite the bonny lass, mate.
niko317 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
your art is beautiful and dynamic as always, keep'm comin!!! ^^
Tortuga-Man Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
As a history buff I LOVE these dramatic depictions of historical figures. Keep up the good work! I don't know if you take suggestions, but one of my favorite historial figures is Frederick I of the Holy Roman Empire (Barbarossa) who amassed the largest crusader army the world had ever seen and drowned in a river on his way to the Holy Land. If I had an ounce of your talent I could create him on my own, but alas, not all of us are gifted :-P
BGWorX Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009   Digital Artist
You seriously need your own art book I'd buy it even if it were $200.00! Your stuff is so worth it :faint:
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