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Historical Photos | June 29, 2018

One of only two completely-original 18th Century Pirate Flags in existence.

Source: Reddit

Despite was movies and TV show tell us, not all pirate flew a skull and crossbones flag, also known as the Jolly Roger, from the masts of their ships. When Richard Hawkins was kidnapped by pirates in 1724, he told his rescuers that the pirate ship bore a black flag with an image of a skeleton stabbing a heart with a spear and that the pirates called their flag the Jolly Roger. Three years prior, two other pirates, Francis Spriggs and Bartholomew Roberts, both used the term to refer to their flags, but neither of their flags had a skull and cross bones on it. The Barbary pirates were most likely the first to use the traditional pirate flag design, like this one, that we have come to associate with piracy. 

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