Meaning: A pirate, originally off the Spanish-American coasts. A daring, adventurous, and sometimes reckless person, especially in business.
Synonyms: Pirate, spoiler, corsair, freebooter, rover, rifler, viking, looter, marauder, pillager, plunderer, raider.
Use: Towards the close of the century the buccaneers extended their activity to the Pacific, but naturally added little to general knowledge.
The English names of the individual islands were probably given by buccaneers, for whom the group formed a convenient retreat.