Jolly Roger and the pirate flags
Known as Jolly Roger the first pirate flags were colored red and imitating the color of blood. It is not known exactly why this name but the most accepted theory is that it can come from the French words, Jolie Rouge . Means lovely red and that eventually led to Jolly Roger in English.
These flags were created to intimidate, and if you had the misfortune to spot them when you were in high seas and could think of the worst. There were many kinds, the most famous pirates had their own design, which was usually background black or red , red, and indicating that it was a pirate ship, meant there was no possibility of mercy or surrender to the attacked crew.
Appearing the crossbones the message was clear, the only possibility was the unconditional surrender , otherwise, the fate of the people of the attacked ship was unpredictable, so many captains surrendered to keep his crew was tortured, abandoned on any island or thrown to the sharks. If you met pirates like Barbarossa, Blackbeard, Morgan, Drake or Stede Bonnet and you surrender the best option may be to have died fighting for the way they treated their prisoners.
French pirates were the first to use red flags to identify themselves as such, with the expansion of piracy flags adorned with different symbols, such as skeleton or skull, clear message for the attack, hourglasses to tell the victims that they had little time to live or heart, indicating a violent death.
One of the tactics pirate ships flag was hoisted out of a country by way of confusing their victims or directly carry no, stop flight and avoid attacking using the element of surprise.
During the XVII i XVIII also stressed female pirates , was best known to them Ching Shih, Mary Read and Anne Bonnie. Ching Shih of Chinese origin, inherited from his pirate husband, she gained a fleet number to 1.500 ships and a crew of about 80.000 men, over the years it was never finished pirate prisoner.
Unlike Anne Bonnie and Mary Read that if they were convicted of piracy. The Irish Anne Bonnie was akin to the pirate Calico Jack, were also close friends with Mary Read. Mary Read, British birth fought in the War of Spanish Succession, and saw that it had an aptitude for combat. After her husband died , she decided dressed as a man , a journey to the Caribbean in search of fortune. In an attack by pirates Calico Jack and Anne Bonnie decided to join them.
These pirates had its heyday between 1714 and 1722. Nowadays the Jolly Roger is used as a symbol for rebellious or accused of illegalities by others. Piracy is about all copies and distribution of copyrighted products, especially online. Thanks to the Internet was born href=”https://uspirates.org” Pirate Party, which is fighting so that all persons are entitled to culture through the Internet, this is free from any intentional control of governments and are against disproportionate author rights.
Currently the Jolly Roger, is still used by the Royal Navy British if they have managed to deaths in combat, as happened in the Falklands War.