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Francois l'Olonais, The Bane of Spain

Some pirates have a reputation for malevolence and savagery, but none have warranted the reputation more than the legendary scallywag known as Francois l'Olonnais, the Scourge of the Spanish! Much of Arrr Information about l'Olonnais (Pronounced Low-Low-Nay) is gathered from Alexander Exquemlin's Accounts n' can be taken with a hefty grain of salt, yet there is such detail!

For much of his life, l'Olonnais was an indentured servant when he arrived in the Caribbean sometime in the 1650's. Indentured Servants were one step above slaves in the New World, being bound to harsh working conditions by a binding contract. People in Europe could be kidnapped and sold into Indentured Servitude. The major difference would be that there was a theoretical end to the contract with a reward upon conclusion. It was banned by the United Nations alongside Slavery in 1948.

l'Olonais completed his contract by 1660 n' promptly made way to Haiti where he became a Buccaneer. A few years into his career he and his mates shipwrecked off the coast of Campeche, Mexico where they were massacred by the Spanish Army. l'Olonnais only survived by hiding among the dead. With the help of Spanish slaves he escaped to Tortuga, only to return later with a thirst for vengeance.

He and his crew promptly took settlements hostage, to which the Spanish responded with military force. l'Ollonais beheaded all but one of the men sent against him, whom he told to spread a message, "I shall never henceforward give quarter to any Spaniard whatsoever."


In 1666, he sailed to Maracaibo, Venezuela with a crew of 440 Pirates to sack the city with great success. To gather information about hidden valuables, l'Olonais flayed his victims, burned them alive, or squeezed them to death by strapping them tightly to a mast.

After several years of increasingly larger feats of piracy, l'Olonais wrecked his ship on an expedition to Honduras, only to allegedly be devoured by cannibalistic natives! http://bit.ly/2lRL7nb

How to Dress Like a Pirate

Whether ye be a seasoned pirate, or a first-time adventurer. All arrr Adventurers should learn about Arrr Pirate Fashions Tier System!

The first Tier be fer First Time Pirates n' Wenches! It be an affordable outfit n' a good foundation fer yar piratey endeavors! Both male n' female variations come with the basics: a top, a bottom n' a midriff piece such as a bodice or sash! These outfits run from $100-$200 typically.

The second Tier be an intermediate outfit! Fer arrr pirates n' wenches lookin' fer an upgrade from the first Tier ye will find a waist coat, footgear, leather goods, skirts, hats n' basic weapons. This be the Officer Tier when ye begin to establish yar clout as an adventurer, n' it typically runs at $200-$600.

The third n' final Tier be fer the Captains o' the Ship! This be the tier fer elaborate Frock Coats, Corsets, Boots n' a greater stash o' weapons! Though it be an advanced tier, there be no reason ye can't add onto yar Officer's Outfit! Sailors spend between $400-$1200 on a Captain's Outfit.

To make it even easier fer ye to find the outfit ye be lookin' fer we have two distinctive styles. A Gentleman can be Fancy fer a day ashore or Rough like the seas! Both fit neatly into the Tier System but establish a distinct aesthetic. Ye could have a Poor Rough Captain n' a Fancy Seaman.

Fer Arrr Ladies o' Fortune we have a Proper Look or a Sexy Look fer Tavern Hopping or attendin' the Governor's Ball! Regardless ye will be drawing the attention of many a rogue, friend or foe! Pickin' a style will help ye find what ye are lookin' fer more quickly in an easy to understand manner.

Usin' the Categories n' Style System ye are well on yar way to yar first pirate outfit or upgradin' yourself for a new adventure!

What ye see here is arrr "outfits" and not costumes. Instead of going with a cheap Halloween costume for one night ye have chosen the garb of a movie star or a high seas adventurerhttp://bit.ly/2jm8FuP

Pirate Fashions: Blackpowder Firearms

For Arrr Rogues who be interested in Fully Functioning Blackpowder Weapons, Pirate Fashions has the quality n' authenticity that ye want! Many of Arrr weapons be designed in-house n' proof tested to ensure reliability. Some of these Pirate Fashions Designs result in Firearms ye will not find anywhere else on the Seven Seas!

They also have a life-time warranty as long as ye do not fire them by using a black powder substitute (trust us mateys, it matters.) Any breakage or failure due to manufacturers defect will be repaired at no cost.

For most merchants if ye were to fire the weapon at all ye would void yar warranty, think about that when you're looking for yar ideal pistol or rifle! Because of the Flintlock n' Pre-Flintlock Firing Systems they are defined as Antique Weapons by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco n' Firearms.

This makes black powder firearms easy fer us to ship within the U.S. with the exceptions of New York City, New Jersey n' Illinois. We will not ship Black Powder Firearms outside the U.S. Purchasing a black powder weapon is also very simple as it does not require a background check. Powder be a different story, as it be classified as an explosive! For yar powder needs we recommend arrr mates over at Powder Inc.

Though they be easy to purchase, we advise ye that polite society will still regulate where ye be carrying yar weapon as it is not a toy!

Learn more about Black Powder Firearms on arrr website n' of course, please use responsibly me hearties! http://bit.ly/2n0d7m8

Pirate Fashions: Non-Firing Replica Firearms

E'ery Pirate worth his salt has a pistol! Many Crews in the Caribbean would expect ye to have at least one before even letting you join their ranks. As professional pirates we arrrselves have made functioning n' non-firing replica flintlock pistols n' rifles, knowin' full well ye may not need to storm the deck of Spanish Galleon with live ammunition!

Non-Firing Replicas be a permitted weapon prop among folk at Pirate Conventions n' Festivals, or any festivities ye may be attendin'. They also be available in a variety o' materials that be more cost-effective such as plastics n' light woods, or more authentic n' rugged with heavier metals n' woods.


The Flintlock system came into use in the early 17th Century after evolving from the Wheellock n' Matchlock mechanisms. The basic principle o' the Flintlock revolves around a piece o' flint clasped in the "Hammer" striking a tiny steel plate called the "Frizzen" to create a spark. The spark would then ignite black powder n' fire the round in the gun's barrel.

Pistols themselves would see common usage among the military n' civilians alike, n' came in a variety o' shapes n' sizes. The smallest bein' 6 inches and the larger measurin' up to 20 inches to compensate!

Blackpowder weapons were obviously a great tool to have, but they were also tricky to use. Moisture or worn pieces of flint frequently lead to misfires. Even with preventative measures in place if ye were in humid regions ye were screwed! On the other end of the spectrum a pistol could be triggered easily n' a pirate could spontaneously shoot off a round!


To fire the weapon ye would also fully cock the mechanism by pulling the hammer all the way back, a half-cocked pistol was considered a safety measure while also being prepared for action. The only problem with that was that the hammer could still drop n' fire the weapon, Causin' a pirate to "go off half-cocked." Today that be the popular expression to express goin' off prematurely! http://bit.ly/2nk0iT6

The Irish Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley

 

Happy St. Paddy's Day to all Arrr Irish Mates out there! In honor o' St. Patrick's Day we be ready to tell ye about a Legendary Irish Pirate, Grace O'Malley!

Grace O'Malley was a wildly successful Irish Clan Chieftain n' Pirate Captain. In some history books she be known as the Sea Queen of Connacht. Grace inherited both her penchant for Piracy n' her Chieftain status from her father upon his death. Her family held a swath o' territory on the west coast of Ireland, n' they were able to build several castles to protect their shores n' the fishermen that they taxed.

O'er time she also had several husbands n' lovers, most of whom met their end in battle. Grace was a warrior herself howe'er. She fell for a shipwrecked sailor who was 15 years younger than her after her first husband was killed. When another clan killed her new man, she went to their abode at Doona Castle during "Blacksod May" n' killed the guilty party. After the attack, people called her the "Dark Lady of Doona'. She had four legitimate children o'er her lifetime, though rumor suggests there was at least one out of wedlock.

Grace's piratical career frequently revolved around "taxing" merchants for protection, n' resistance was met with violence n' murder. She was able to do this by commandin' the loyalty of her clan as well as her first husband's clan upon his death. Additionally she was able to recruit Irish n' Scottish Mercenaries to raid the West Coast o' Scotland. All of her piratical pursuits were accomplished while supporting Ireland in its many rebellions against the English Royalty. 


She was infamous enough that she got an audience with Queen Elizabeth I to negotiate the release of her sons, though she would not kneel. Both made promises during the negotiation, but broke them all later. Including that Grace would cease pirate activities!

Among Pirates, Grace was a rarity in that she was able to retire n' die peacefully around 1603, the same year as Elizabeth I. 

The History of Port Royal



The History of Port Royal!

Contrary to what ye may have seen in Pirates of the Caribbean, Port Royal, Jamaica was a very hospitable town to Pirates. Being slightly more like what ye saw in the movie's Tortuga! It was fairly normal for port towns in the 17th Century n' very early 18th Century to welcome pirates for the simple reason that they had lots o' money to spend from their latest raid on a Spanish Treasure Fleet or Merchant Vessel.

From the Community's perspective the pirates were a driving force in Port Royal's economy, they would go ashore with a fortune n' spend most of their earnins on food, drink n' luxury goods. In the 1660's there was One Drinking House per Ten 10 Residents because of the effect the sailors had. Barter n' Trade was still fairly normal in this time period among common folk, but allegedly Port Royal ran on the exchange of coinage it had done so well.

The pirates enjoyed Port Royal because it was strategically placed along multiple trading routes they could prey on. As long as they paid their dues to the local governors they also had a safe haven to fall back to, early British Governors would welcome successful pirate crews personally. Pirates could even compose the local garrison to defend the town against attacks. It was such a famous town among pirates that they would travel from as far as Madagascar to enjoy what had become the "Sodom of the New World."

Port Royal itself was ravaged by an earthquake in 1692, n' most of the region's economic activity was moved to nearby Kingston, Jamaica. Soon thereafter the British cracked down on piracy n' made the settlement the primary location to hang n' execute unsanctioned pirates! http://bit.ly/2mUb2aE

Pirate Fashions Treasure Belt System



Pirate Fashions Treasure Belt System

Here be an Exclusive Pirate Fashions Innovation! We developed the Treasure Belt Systems fer arrr customers on account of authentic pirate outfits bein' light on pockets (which would make them less authentic.)

Using a Badass system of straps, belts, holsters, n' loops ye will have everything ye need to carry yar drinks, phones, beads n' treasures. Each piece comes with the necessary clasps and hooks to add onto yar Treasure Belt so that ye can fit every possible bit o' treasure ye desire. All of it be made with real leather n' uses brass or nickel.

Of particular note is the Treasure Shell Phone Case which is made with study leather n' can be latched shut- perfect for protecting yar phone n' blending in with yar garb!

All of the pieces in yar Treasure Belt be interchangeable, even when yer shit-faced!

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The Pirate Fashions Flogger

The Pirate Fashions Flogger

To ensure discipline on-board a ship, the British Royal Navy would frequently use a Flogger to literally whip the lads into shape! Floggers utilized multiple strips o' knotted leather to flay flesh from bone as a form o' punishment. Naturally freedom lovin' pirates scorned such tools as most had been on the receivin' end of such brutality.

Also naturally, there be a certain kinky quality to a good ol' flogging with the right materials! We created Arrr own floggers made with softened strips o' leather that be perfect for yar own fantasies n' bedroom antics! Pirate Fashion's Floggers be both safe, fun n' accessible for beginners or the most seasoned scourges o' backs n' booties!

Learn how to use such tools from Cap'n Tiger Lee himself! https://youtu.be/zoZqPXXxVJg

Authentic Leather Goods from Pirate Fashions

 



Leather Goods From Pirate Fashions

Pirate Fashions only deals in the finest loot n' swag! Arrr Leather Products all be made with real goat, pig n' cow leather which makes it durable n' tough for yar high seas adventures! The Belts, Straps, Baldrics, Black Powder Pistol Holsters, Boots n' more have all been made to the highest of Rogue Standards!


Unlike a cheap costume shop we be in the business of providin' high quality goods through n' through. Even the metal bits o' arrr gear utilize Nickel n' Brass that looks n' feels authentic n' built to last! No Plastics here mateys! Browse arrr selection n' find the leather accessories needed to complete yar Buccaneer Wardrobe! http://bit.ly/2jxtkw5

Captain Henry Morgan as a Pop Culture Icon

We have told ye the tale who the infamous Cap'n Morgan was as a historical figure. Now we will detail some o' his exploits as a pop culture icon through the Ages! Pirates n' Swashbucklin' Legends have been the source of many stories, even the historians of the 17th n' 18th Centuries and their accounts may have been embellished for the purposes of entertainment.

 



Morgan was best known by the historical accounts of Alexandre Exquemlin, a Franco-Dutch writer n' a sailor who wrote the "History of the Bouccaneers of America." Exquemlin was a barber-surgeon in Morgan's crew, perceived to have resented Morgan for his renegade nature n' his reputation for torture. He didn't speak favorably o' him in his accounts!

Henry Morgan would not appear in outright published fiction until 1922, in "Captain Blood," written by Rafael Sabatini. Even then he merely provided the inspiration for the eponymous hero, Peter Blood. Sabatini however, enjoyed basing his works of historical fiction very heavily on the history that inspires him. John Steinbeck's first novel, "The Cup of Gold" was also heavily inspired by the Legend himself!

 


13 Years after "Captain Blood" was written, a live action movie version was released with Erroll Flynn in his first starring Hollywood role! It be a much looser interpretation o' Henry Morgan, but it still be a fine testament to Pirates in Media. A foothold that Henry Morgan holds to this day, though entertainment may not even be the greatest part of his career!

In 1944, the Seagram Company created the first incarnation of Captain Morgan's Rum. O'er the rest of the 20th-century hotels in the Caribbean would pop up with names incorporatin' the name, "Captain Morgan" to woo tourists and hark to the tales of old. In 2001, Captain Morgan Rum was acquired by London-based Diageo.

 



Suffice it to say Morgan be a Legend among Pirates. He lived long enough to retire from the Life and even became a Governor! Which makes him a great all Gentlemen (and Ladies) o' Fortune!

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