BLACKBEARD WAS BRITISH, probably born before 1690. His real name was thought to be Edward Teach. As a young seaman, he had served on a British privateer that was based in Jamaica, an island in the Caribbean. Privateers were privately owned, armed ships hired by governments during time of war. The privateers' mission was to attack the ships of the enemy. Queen Anne of Britain allowed Teach's privateer to plunder French and Spanish ships during the War of the Spanish Succession and to keep…
Corsair is a word in English applied to foreign privateers from the fourteenth until the nineteenth centuries During the "Golden Age" of Piracy, French privateers were referred to as corsairs. It was a very negative term in English at the time: in 1668, Henry Morgan was deeply offended when a Spanish official called him a corsair (of course, he had just sacked the city of Portobello and was demanding a ransom for not burning it to the ground, so maybe the Spanish were offended, too).
This is a rare treat... an automaton made for Marie Antoinette around 1780, it is made from her clothing and hair. The beautiful automaton is named ”La Joueuse de Tympanon”, or “The Dulcimer Player”. She can play eight different songs by changing the disc beneath the costume. After the revolution, she was badly damaged, but repaired in the 1800’s and now resides in a museum in France.
Diver discovers the underwater ruins of a Port Royal, Jamaica pirate tavern. From National Geographic's "Wicked Pirate City". Port Royal was notorious for its gaudy displays of wealth and loose morals and was a popular homeport for the English and Dutch privateers turned pirates who used the city as their main base during the heyday of the Caribbean pirates in the 17th century. Pirates from around the world came to Port Royal from waters as far away as Madagascar.