Disney plans to release a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie next summer. However, few people are aware of the fascinating and true history of pirates in the Bahamas and western Caribbean and how the Pirate Republic stole the show from the Spanish and British Empire in the early 18h century. The movie’s cast of characters, like Jack Sparrow, John Silver and Blackbeard – are inspired by real men who formed a new world order on the sea.
The Bahamian pirates had their way with the world between 1711 and 1718. Calling themselves collectively the “Flying Gang,” the pirates formed their own quasi-government in Nassau. The thousands of pirates on the islands were all malcontents with their own ideas. Many revolted against deplorable conditions in the Royal Navy. Others were Jacobites who were initially opposed to role, with some actively scheming to return James to the throne. Many women, blacks and mulattoes were involved in piracy as well, since they could also command pirates and take an equal share of the winnings.
Vane was the rashest and brashest of the pirates of the Caribbean. He was famous for torture, murder and not getting along with his crews. He was also a skilled seamen who capture many Spanish galleon ships. When Woodes Rogers was dispatched by the British Empire to restore order to Nassau, Vane revolted, nearly defeating the British Navy and raiding the town after rule was established.
As a female pirate, an entire legend about Bonny has grown up around the story of the real person. Anne Bonny was the illegitimate child of a lawyer and his servant, who fled Ireland and settled in South Carolina. Bonny eventually made her way to the Caribbean with her first husband, who was a small-time pirate. She later fell in love with Calico Jack Rackham, an associate of Charles Vane who was flamboyant about spending money but not as good at piracy. Bonny may have also had an affair with fellow pirate Mary Read.
Edward Teach, also known as Edward Thatch, is more well known still as the pirate Blackbeard. Teach was so well feared by those he attacked that many surrendered without a cannon being fired. As he became more feared and powerful, he started growing his hair and beard, braiding both with black ribbons. He also stuffed his had with rope to make the effect more dramatic. Blackbeard set up camp in the Outer Banks of the Carolinas, where he was tolerated because people like to trade for his goods. When the Governor of Virginia sent a fleet to battle him, Blackbeard nearly escaped. He was about to win when an officer came up behind him and slit his throat. Blackbeard was beheaded and his head displayed as a warning to others.
Mary Read was born and lived her early life in curious circumstances. Her father died when she was a child, and her grandparents supported Read, her mother and half-brother Mark. However, the financial support was basically for Mark only, so when he died, the mother dressed her up as a boy and pretended she was Mark. Raised as a boy, she lived as a man, later joining the Army and meeting her husband after she confessed to being a woman. She later became a pirate, at first unwillingly, then after a time she came to enjoy the lifestyle since it afforded her greater freedom.
Originally posted 2016-05-26 19:19:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter