“And it’s not just women who love pirates,” he continued, “it’s everybody, children on up, back to olden times. It’s always been that way. Why does everybody always like pirates? Why do you suppose that is?”
– Captain Charles Johnson, from Pirate’s Passage
Buccaneers’ camp on Tortuga, early 1600’s.
Captain Charles Morgan entering the infamous pirate capital of Port Royal, Jamaica, 1671, hailed by just everybody, especially taverners, brothel owners, prostitutes, and all others who had benefited from the wealth that was being spread around without having had to face cannonballs.
Captain William Kidd at Isle St. Marie, Madagascar 1698. The headquarters of of the Western pirates in the Indian Ocean is reconstructed from contemporary descriptions at the time Kidd and his crew visited there.
Nassau Town, Bahamas, the Pirates’ Nest,1717. From historical accounts and Gilkerson’s sketches made on site, the artist recreates a view of the pirates’ tent city as seen from the old fort guarding the western approaches.