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Clothes Make the Pirate: Be Detail Oriented (Part 2) – The Details

In the previous article, I gave you four questions to use when adding details to your costume. You’re probably wondering just what kinds of details I was talking about. Have no fear, here’s a handy reference list!

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Clothes Make the Pirate: Be Detail Oriented (Part 1) – The Four Questions

There you are, standing in front of the mirror in your new-to-you pirate togs. You’re probably wondering “What the Hell do I do now?” First just take a moment and admire yourself because everyone looks bad ass as a pirate. Plus you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone and that definitely deserves a moment of patting yourself on the back. Bravo! Now that that is done… No, really, pull yourself away because I have more ideas to take your costume from “cool” to “dayum, you look great.”

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Pirates of Kentucky

When one thinks of things Kentucky is known for, pirates are pretty far down the list. Kentucky cannot lay claim to any Francis Drake, Bartholomew Roberts, or other famous scallywags from the Golden Age of Piracy. That doesn’t mean there were no Kentucky pirates though! In the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, the Ohio River was one of the major trade highways for the fledgling United States. Where there’s money on the water, there’s bound to be piracy, and Kentucky was a base of operations for several ruthless river raiders.
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How Much Is Pirate Treasure Worth?

Pirate legends all tend to have a few similar threads running through them: daring raids and escapes, thrilling ship-to-ship battles, and most importantly treasure.

As the primary motivation of most pirates, treasure, loot, booty, and plunder tend to be integral parts of the story.  But without any real idea of the value of these coins it can be hard to get a sense of what a big prize really meant for the crew. Why, for example, was Captain Bartholomew Roberts’ crew considered fabulously wealthy after capturing 40,000 Portuguese moidores, but Captain Henry Morgan’s men were near mutiny after taking in a haul of 50,000 pieces of eight? What is a doubloon and why do I want one?
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Black Bart and the Art of Ship’s Capture

The year was 1720, the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts and his crew had been lurking off the coast of Brazil for months in a thus-far futile search for unsuspecting prey. Roberts was new to command, having been elected to replace Howell Davis, the slain former captain of the Royal Rover, only a year before. Under Roberts, the Rover had seen some success, avenging Davis’ death and taking two small merchant ships. Most of this success could be written off as good fortune, however, as the ships in question both wandered across Roberts’ path within two days of each other. Brazil was the Rover’s first real venture under its new captain, and for almost 9 weeks it had been a disappointing failure. Undoubtedly, there was more than a little grumbling against the new captain. Roberts needed a prize, and he needed one soon.

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How to Be a Pirate Without Spending All of Your Booty

It never fails. You just got invited to a great  festival and you’re excited except for one thing: you need a costume. More specifically, you need a pirate costume.  Everyone knows that pirate events are more fun in costume, but your checking account is giving you the old “nope” signal. So much for going out and buying something smashing. What to do? Honestly, it’s not as hard or impossible as you might think. With a little ingenuity and a whole lot of attitude, you can come up with an outfit that will make Johnny Depp sit up and take notice.
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