History Summarized: The Golden Age of Piracy

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Shared May 4, 2015

Blue's back, and this time he's hoisting the black flag and preparing to board. It's okay, he's got a letter of mark.

Ren the Seer

Wait wait wait... are you telling me that one of the most known female pirates in history who only got off with a temporary pardon.... is also a wizard?!

2 years ago | [YT] | 1,100


Fast fact! The USA has never outlawed the right to issue a letter of mark for Privateers. The TLDR is, The US still to this day reserves the right to hire Pirates.

1 year ago | [YT] | 596


The eye patch gag is a little off, as eyes were routinely damaged by flying splinters of wood in sea combat of the time. Bartholomew Roberts (Black Bart, as noted in the video)'s Articles even included a cash payout for a crew member who would lose an eye in service.

...Which means that Black Bart probably offered better health insurance than the average modern employer, but I digress.

4 years ago | [YT] | 1,643

Sam Davis

Sometimes I'm not sure what parts are jokes and what parts are actual history...

4 years ago | [YT] | 1,172


FUN FACT: Most pirates actually went to bed below deck at around 8 pm, as they woke up at dawn. Any parents can feel free to use this to get their kids the hell to bed.

3 years ago | [YT] | 547

Andrew B.

Ok seriously how has no one made a movie based on Anne Bonny's life. She sounds like a serious badass

1 year ago | [YT] | 325

Calhare Sirros

I'm just a little surprised at the accuracy of Assassin's Creed 4 here. Like I know they do their homework but damn. A+ job there Ubisoft.

3 years ago | [YT] | 451

Jef Oliviero

A ship can carry a boat, but a boat can't carry a ship

—Edward Kenway 😭

2 years ago | [YT] | 501

Aegix Drakan

I've always found it amazing how equitable pirates were to their crew. Straight up health insurance for injuries, voting system, etc, etc.

1 year ago | [YT] | 104

Cory Thompson

“Anne Bonny who made you cry while singing the Parting Glass” yup

1 year ago | [YT] | 125


"Did they even have pockets?"

Sailors invented pockets, so I've read.

3 years ago | [YT] | 138


"The same accent as every other British sailor"
This is a beautiful misunderstanding.

3 years ago | [YT] | 154


so this is basicly AC black flag but no assasins??

2 years ago | [YT] | 109


So the origin of the pirate golden age is basically why you don't give a private army too much power.

2 years ago | [YT] | 60

Barley Sixseventwo

Spoiler Alert The Kraken was eventually dealt when Spain led an armada of Floridian Crocodilians to it's lair in part motivated by a need for vengence for the Great Manatee Massacre of 1699.

3 years ago | [YT] | 203


A little clarification on pirate myths:
1. Pirate Accents: The stereotypical pirate accent is based on the British West Country accent. Many sailors were from that area, Blackeard, Sam Bellamy and Henry Avery, were some of the particularly notorious pirates with such origins. But you are right that there was not truly a "pirate acent." Also, there were pirates of many nationalities, not just British. And England had many different accents then and today.
2. Treasure Maps. Right, no pirates made a map to their treasure, and hardly any buried it except for Francis Drake and Captain Kidd.
3. Walking the Plank. As far as we know plank-walking never happened during the Golden Age of Piracy. However, there are recorded instances of Caribbean Pirates making people walk the plank in 1822 and 1829, after the Golden Age was over.
4. Eyepatches. This is what mythbusters says, but I know of no historical references of anyone using an eyepatch for this purpose, so it seems more likely that the occasional pirate might be missing an eye and use a patch to cover it. Also, although infection was a constant danger, people could survive inuries. There were a few rare pirates with peg legs, such as Francois Leclerc and Cornelis Jol, and a few who were missing hands, such as Christopher Newport and Oruc Reis.
UPDATE: The eyepatch cliche most likely comes from Rahmah ibn Jabir Al Jalhami, who really did wear an eyepatch to cover his missing eye.

3 years ago (edited) | [YT] | 102

kiran fuller

Black Bart was killed off the coast of Africa but it was a luck shot from a British sailors rifle that did him in. While Bart was wildly against drinking and especially at sea, he had aloud his crew a night of drunken disorder that night. Amidst the partying they were attacked by the HMS Swallow. Bart died within the first hour of the battle and even although his crew and ship, the "Royal Fortune", were being destroyed a few able bodied crew members wrapped him in a torn piece of the main sail and cast him over board giving him a proper pirates burial at sea. His death marked the End of the Golden Age of Piracy and the Captain of the HMS Swallow became the only officer in the Royal Navy in history to be knighted solely for killing a pirate.

2 years ago | [YT] | 89


you're both right and wrong about the accents thing. yeah, pirates weren't the stereotypical "yarrharhar me matey" but to say they were only british is a bit to over simplified. hell even then there a different kinds of british accents anyway, so event hen alot of'em would sound different anyway

3 years ago | [YT] | 130


Yar har fiddle dee dee
Being a pirate ain't alright with me
If you have a Sony Vegas illegaly

3 years ago | [YT] | 281


Since D&D metaphors were used so liberally in this video, allow me to counter by bringing up the Kraken's stupid high Charisma stat.
I'm not saying the Kraken can convince Alcidibiades to bark like a dog, but lock up the daughters when the Kraken's in town.

2 years ago | [YT] | 59