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Avast ye! These Myths have Shivered me Timbers!

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Pirates of the Caribbean, the classiest pirate movie of all time and the favorite of many! Who wouldn’t want to be the epic Jack Sparrow? Maybe even get their hands on the classiest pirate sword? But you know what gave me a shock? These really revealing myths about pirates! All hands hoay... I am beginning with the myths!

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Did you know that Pirates didn’t have a longlasting career? No surprise there!

With a tough job like raiding ship and such, who would last long? Many got killed or injured. Even their selection of pirate swords didn’t get them anywhere. Remember Blackbeard from The Pirates of the Carribean? Yeah, even he didn’t last long, just a couple of years of life as a pirate.

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Blackbeard: The Dreaded?

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This cannot be any truer. Blackbeard, born as Edward Teach, spread terror among his enemies. He used coil smoking fuses in his long beard. He used to sling pistols and daggers across his chest as well. Creepy, no?

Only the Caribbean? Or was there more?

Though the Caribbean is the best place for the pirates. However, there were many undiscovered islands where the pirates took refuge during the Golden Age. The pirates have traveled as far as to the West Coast of Africa, or the Indian Ocean. That really is some distance, I don’t think even I have traveled that much!

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Women as Pirates? Blimey! There were WOMEN PIRATES!

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Even though rare, but, awesomely, there were women pirates as well. Some holding a sword, some a pistol and some maybe even classy canes? The biggest example? Well, we have Mary Read and Anne Bonny who traveled with Calico Jack. They dressed up as men and fought no less than a man! Go, girl!

But, perks of being a woman pirate? You can claim to be pregnant and not get hanged when captured! Because Hornswaggle... they did!

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Crooks? No... Not Necessarily!

Well, well, well... Son of a biscuit eater... Blimey!

Not all the pirate were crooks! How? During warfare, there were several nations that required Letter of Marque and Reprisal. This allowed the ships to outbreak rival ports and vessels. The well-known privateers were Sir Francis Drake and Captain Henry Morgan. They never attacked the English; however, they were still considered as pirates by the Spanish. Well, Scallywag, who cares!

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Buried Booty? Well NO!

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Not all pirates buried their booty! Only a FEW did, one being Captain Willian Kidd. Why they didn’t bury it? Obviously, because the booty got divided among the pirates after they attack. Moreover, the major part of the Booty included things like food, clothes... You couldn’t go around burying that, could you!

What did I learn then?

Well, the Flibustier sure stayed around through 1700-1725. There sure were many men and women who turned to piracy. But they had their limits.

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But wait just a moment... I found something very interesting about some of the renowned pirates... Why don’t you check them out to here...

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