Some famous pirates
- Oruç Barbarossa, gave the Barbarossas their name because of his red beard. Often, he would attack Spanish territories on the coast of North Africa. In 1516 he went on a famous rampage through Algiers in 1516 - executing the ruler and everybody he suspected would oppose him, including local rulers. Oruç's youngest brother Hizir was an even more capable pirate as he was a clever engineer and spoke at least six languages. He dyed his hair and beard with a reddish tint to honor Oruç and was eventually appointed admiral in chief of the Ottoman sultan's fleet.
- Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_corsairs#The_Barbarossa_Brothers
- Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies during the early 1700s. He captured many ships, formed an alliance of pirates and even successfully blockaded the port of Charleston. Contrary to the modern-day image of the traditional tyrannical pirate, he commanded his vessels with the permission of their crews, and there are no known accounts of his ever having harmed or murdered those he held captive.
- Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard
- Henry Morgan was a Welsh Admiral and privateer. He became one of the most notorious and one of the most dangerous pirates who worked in the Spanish Main. The majority of his raids had the backing of the English governance of Jamaica as they sort to harass the Spanish territories.
- Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Morgan
How To Be Speakin' Pirate-Like:
- Double up on all your adjectives and you'll be bountifully bombastic with your phrasing. Pirates never speak of "a big ship", they call it a "great, grand ship!" They never say never, they say "No nay ne'er!"
- Drop all your "g"'s when you speak and you'll get words like "rowin'", "sailin'" and "fightin'". Dropping all of your "v"'s will get you words like "ne'er", "e'er" and "o'er".
- Instead of saying "I am", sailors say, "I be". Instead of saying "You are", sailors say, "You be". Instead of saying, "They are", sailors say, "They be". Ne'er speak in anythin' but the present tense!
Source: http://www.yarr.org.uk/talk/. The official UK headquarters of Talk like a Pirate day (19th September if you're interested).
- Why are pirates called pirates? Because they arr
- Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? Because they can spend years at C!
- What do pirates do between raids? They play carrrrrds!
- What did the pirate name his daughter? Peggy.