By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 20, 2022) – In Issue 2022-167 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, a little history of pirates on the high seas.


Yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day.

We honored QE II yesterday, so today we are catching up with some of yesterday’s news – just like newspapers do… (sorry Chuck).

This parodic holiday about pirates was created in 1995.

Real pirates, like Blackbeard, were often pillagers and were willing to readily kill.  However, many were well ahead of their time in the heyday of piracy in the late 15th to mid-16th centuries.   For example, many pirates allowed women to join their ranks as equal, assuming they could fight well.

When we tend to think of pirates, we think of the ones who operated in the Caribbean.  But piracy was, and is, a global enterprise; stretching from the Mediterranean 2000 years ago to modern day Indian Ocean with the Somalia based pirates.  Aargh!

This handsome map of the Caribbean by Ottens is from the height of piracy, 1730.

Map of the Caribbean – 1730 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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