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Most pirates wanted to avoid bloody close-contact fighting when possible, so using pirate flags was an excellent way to wage war from a distance on the minds and emotions, weakening resistance and forcing a quicker surrender. pirate flag . Read on learn about the jolly roger pirate flag and the symbols in the pirate flag pictures. Some say the Jolly Roger pirate flag got its name from an all red flag used by early pirates to show that no mercy (or ‘quarter’ in period language) would be offered to the captured crew or passengers.

This pirate flag was called “Jolie Rouge” in French, meaning ‘pretty or beautiful red’, certainly a tongue-in-cheek reference of buccaneers and the like. pirate flag . Another plausible explanation is that the term was the nickname given to the devil by pirates in the 1700’s of “Old Roger.” pirate flag . From its early references, the term Jolly Roger grew to be associated with all of the various pirate flags of the Golden Age of piracy.

The skull and crossbones symbol so common on pirate flags might have been inspired from a tombstone symbol, but another possible origin comes from the crucifix, which in this time almost always included a skull and crossed bones under the cross of Jesus. pirate flag . These were enlargement of skull and crossbones symbolic of the death which He triumphed over, but they also referred to the outcropping of the crucifixion site, called Golgotha in Greek, meaning the skull. Downloads pirate flag live wallpaper from our store page. We have the best collection of pirate flag live wallpaper. You can also download other live wallpaper in case you don’t find this lwp suitable for you, we had a vast lwp collection.

Piracy has likely long been a feature of the open seas, following the earliest trade routes of the Aegean and Mediterranean. Cilicians were active in the Mediterranean and tolerated by the Roman Empire for the slaves they provided, and were only reigned in when they gained such a presence as to become a threat to the Empire’s grain supply in 67 BCE. The Senate approved “a comprehensive and systematic strategy and an astutely humane policy to the vanquished” to eliminate the Cilicians within a matter of months (1). Despite this historical legacy, the familiar skull and crossbones that many of us associate with piracy is a recent development, emerging in the late 17th-century with the rise of the pirates of the Caribbean.

Following the discovery of the New World, the Caribbean quickly gained status as a center of trade with sugar, gold, and human capital flowing between the Old and New Worlds. The Spanish dominated the landscape but other colonial powers soon followed. Pirates, many of whom were drawn to the trade because it offered a chance to make a sustainable wage, found the waters of the Caribbean particularly attractive: largely unsettled, they would not be bothered by governing bodies; there were plenty of safe, natural harbors; and many opportunities to liberate spoils from the trade vessels of the Spanish.

Tensions between Old World powers were not limited to their respective shores traces of these conflicts echoed in the Western colonies, and the English, Dutch, and French sanctioned piracy commissioning them as privateers—as a means of protecting their claims and controlling the goods in the region. These men were national heroes: defenders of the nation on the high seas. Their numbers included Francis Drake and Henry Morgan hailed as Gentlemen of the seas.

Pirates have a bloodthirsty and lawless reputation. They’re known for walking the plank, copious alcohol consumption, and lascivious tendencies, but these were skilled men drawn from maritime trades which had paid them poorly: A version of the Jolly Roger was widely adopted by pirates for fraternal reasons that ultimately did lead to economic boons as discussed by the Times some 2,500 men sailed under a version of a black flag bearing the insignia of a white skeleton striking a bleeding heart with one hand and holding a hour glass.

The flag was certainly meant to announce their presence, and the pirates, enterprising men that they were, quickly found that they could convey their intent to ships in their path with their banners: black flags indicated that they were pirates and that they would consider providing quarter, while a red flag bearing the described insignia meant that no quarter would be given and the mates meant to fight to the end. However, the imagery chosen for the flag is as much a reflection of the pirates and their lifestyle as it was a reflection of their terrible natures:

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