Grim Life Cursed Real Pirates of Caribbean
What was life really like for an early 18th-century pirate? A world of staggering violence and poverty, constant danger, and almost inevitable death.
Pirates have been figures of fascination and fear for centuries. The most famous buccaneers have been shrouded in legend and folklore for so long that it's almost impossible to distinguish between myth and reality.
Hollywood movies—filled with buried treasures, eye patches, and the Jolly Roger—depict pirate life as a swashbuckling adventure.
In the latest flick, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,which sails into theaters today, the pirate hero, played by Johnny Depp, is a lovable rogue.
But what was life really like for an early 18th-century pirate? The answer: pretty grim. It was a world of staggering violence and poverty, constant danger, and almost inevitable death.
The life of a pirate was never as glorious and exciting as depicted