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Pirate Life

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1 An Overview of Pirate Life 4603
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6 Jolly Roger 7155
7 En Route to Plunder 4215
8 Death 4518
9 Medicine 5954
10 Food 5242

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He was captured by the Spaniards in Italy and forced to serve them while chained to their galley.

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  • At the height of its popularity, Port Royal, Jamaica had one drinking house for every ten residents. In July 1661 alone, 41 new licenses were granted to taverns.

  • Pirates wore an earring to ensure they died with at least one piece of treasure to buy their way into 'Fiddler's Green' (sailor's paradise in heaven).

  • The reason you've heard of most well known pirates is that they were captured and killed, or brought to trial where their exploits were recorded. But pirate captain Henry Every was made famous because he evaded capture after his piratical exploits.

  • Many pirates had eye patches, peg legs, or hooks. Ships in the 17th and 18th century were extremely dangerous places to work, so pirates would commonly lose limbs or even eyes during battle. 

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