Posted by: Waheeda Harris | April 10, 2013

Pirates of the Caribbean

Bahamas - BlackbeardBest thing that happened to pirates – Johnny Depp. Well perhaps the best thing that happened for women’s view of pirates was Johnny Depp.

His portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow made pirates fun, good-looking and charming – far from the reality, but did we really care?

Yet in the Caribbean region and in the Bahamas, pirates were a well-known commodity, leading to stories and legends but rooted in truth and history.

In downtown Nassau, the Pirates of Nassau is the perfect hybrid of history, information and fun – showcasing the golden age of piracy from 1690-1720 and the characters who were known to authorities for their ruthless and plundering ways.

Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, Calico Jack, Sir Henry Morgan and ladies as well – Mary Read and Ann Bonny, were well known pirates who escaped the authorities for years thanks to the shallow waters surrounding New Providence island.

So for all those fans of Johnny Depp – well the reality wasn’t as good looking but was way more interesting – imagine Blackbeard wove hemp into his beard and set that on fire, projecting a smoking figure to his enemy, spreading his bravado to all those who stood in his path.

Ann Bonny, who disguised herself as  man, left her husband for Calico Jack and a life on the high seas until arrested. She escaped death because she was pregnant and after giving birth, disappeared and was never seen again.

The isle of New Providence was THE place for piracy – and its worth a visit to the museum to learn the history and perhaps channel your inner Johnny Depp.


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