I thought it was pretty funny how they couldn't gamble, fight one another, or have any intimate relations aboard the ship, LOL. I guess the POTC movies decided to spice things up a little, by tweaking the pirate code somewhat.
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Post by nerdherder51 on Sept 9, 2017 15:33:59 GMT -8
The alcohol is understandable since the "fresh" water at that time was largely littered with all manner of parasites and disease. Rum, beer, liquors and other spirits required boiling in a still which sterilized the liquid and the resultant alcohol in the beverage effectively prevented the formation of unhealthy bacteria, parasites and other diseases so that the drinks remained safe to drink for long periods of time.
It should also be noted that most pirates were commoners trying to escape the authoritarian societies of Europe where only the royalty, nobility, titled and the landed gentry had any sort of rights. Commoners had none and were subject to all manner of abuses from those with a higher social status. Many pirate vessels operated under some form of compact or constitution which guaranteed equality and rights among the crew.
You might think of pirate ships as applied Republican Democracy in its infancy.
Post by nerdherder51 on Sept 9, 2017 22:26:45 GMT -8
Most of what people think they know about pirates largely comes from works of fiction which tended to play up the roguish aspects of the pirates. The truth about pirates is far different than what you'll see in any movie, but the facts of real pirate life would probably be dull to an audience in a movie theater.
Note that Caribbean pirates are different from Barbary Coast Pirates. Caribbean pirates were mostly European in nature, but their desire for equality often meant that peoples of different backgrounds, religions, races and ethnicities worked together on their respective ships. It would be common to see Catholic next to Protestant, white next to black and women alongside men on some pirate vessels, including female captains.
Barbary coast pirates were very different as they were ostensibly part of the Ottoman Empire. While many were largely Muslim, some were European outcasts who became privateers and others were Jews escaping Spain after the "reconquest" by the Catholic Church and the implementation of the Inquisition which drove out thousands of non Catholics. The Pirates of the Barbary coast operated differently from Caribbean pirates in that they imposed an authoritarian system upon others.
Their primary purpose was to capture gold and Christian slaves to be sold into the Ottoman, African and Muslim slave markets. The four Barbary Nations (Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and Morocco) also extorted huge sums of money, weapons and ships from other nations as protection from their piracy, though in many cases the corsairs didn't always adhere to these arrangements. Piracy along the North African coast line (the Barbary States) continued from roughly the 9th century until the 19th century when a series of conflicts eventually ended the threat.
Post by Mari Pearl on Sept 10, 2017 8:23:51 GMT -8
As I've seen in the movies and Black Sails TV series, the intimacy onboard allowing someone to sleep over (Sex) was not allowed but forbidden not even the Captain allowed himself that while on Sea even if they spend months and months without a female companion. It is a curse for the men if a woman is a shipmate she calls in the animal in them and other things and fights erupts many women dressed themselves like men to sign onboard a ship and stayed in the character. Like "Anne Bonny, Mary Read & Elizabeth Swann, (Dead Man's Chest) In the first film the Curse Of The Black Pearl Gibbs tells Jack it is a curse to bring a woman onboard when Ana Maria joined the crew.