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Maybe pirates aren't all bad

Posted by Sylvia Hooks on Nov 20, 2017 1:44:15 PM
Sylvia Hooks

Good or bad, or both -- pirates occupy a huge space in our collective imaginations.  They drink rum, have hooks for hands, say "arrr" and keep parrots.  But we picture a sword in the pirate's good hand, not a book, don't we?

National Geographic reports that in a shipwreck of Blackbeard the pirtate, discovered in 1996, scientists have recently identified a book written in 1712:  A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform’d in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711, by Captain Edward Cooke. Presumably Blackbeard read this adventure tale, a variation of which eventually became Robinson Crusoe

I guess we can't call it escapsim -- since a book about sailing the south seas was pretty much what Blackbeard was up to.  Did Blackbeard read it for tips on how to improve his business?  Was he looking for new places to plunder?  

Whatever his motives, eventually the book became cannon fodder.  Several pages were discovered inside Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge cannons.

Tags: books, historical, pirate

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