Stirring tales of adventure, romance, and danger seem to surround the the facts as well as the legends of the most famous, or rather infamous pirates from the Golden Era of Piracy. The image we have of these brave lads, in recent years is probably more the celluloid myth that was presented in such movies as Captain Blood or The Black Swan. We know that these modern day treatments are historical fiction at best. The movies were made to romanticize these cutthroats as a form of escapism for the viewing audience.
Of course the "Real Story" of Piracy is much different! Or is it? Most of the historical accounts on piracy can be traced back to one or two sources, Primarily Defoe's work titled A General History of Piracy. Defoe is probably more famous for his book Robinson Crusoe.
The same can be said of the two famous female pirates: their names are Mary Read and Anne Bonny. For the most part they are minor players in the world of piracy, yet somehow over two hundred years later we have histories of their early childhood. In many ways we know more about these two women than we do Sir Henry Morgan (no, they weren't lesbians, so stop asking).
The problem is it is hard to separate the myth from fact and perhaps it is best if we don't try too hard and let these legends live on with as much color and dash that they can possess.
With this in mind, let's take a look at some of the wondrous tales of these most famous and dangerous Pirates of the Caribbean.