Despite their fearsome nature, pirates have long been a source of fascination for people of all ages – not least thanks to the successful Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise in recent years.

If you’re keen to find out more about the true figures and events that inspired these swashbuckling tales, Barbados holidays can be the ideal means to discover more about the real Caribbean pirates of old – including tracing the real-life figure that inspired Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.

Bartholomew Roberts – commonly known as Black Bart – was the most successful and notorious raider in the history of piracy, and held dominion over Barbados as well as Martinique during the early 18th century. Many of the 470 vessels reputed to have fallen to the captain surrendered without a fight, so fearsome was his reputation.

Many other famous figures in pirate history also called Barbados their home, or were frequent visitors to significant ports such as that of Bridgetown. These include Stede Bonnet, born on the island in 1688, and his most famous cohort Blackbeard (real name Edward Teach). The gentleman and the pirate formed an unlikely partnership of plundering and killing in the early 17th century before Blackbeard met his end fighting the HMS Victory and Bonnet was hanged for his crimes.

As the Caribbean’s easternmost island, Barbados was often the first port of call for trading ships bound for Spain or arriving in the New World – and not all of these visitors had fair trade on the agenda. The legacy of some of Barbados’ most notorious residents can still be seen today, including the castle at St Philip’s parish built by Sam Lord in the south-east of the island, where the pirate kept his wife imprisoned in the cellar.

Various travel companies offer tours of the island’s pirating highlights for people taking Barbados holidays to uncover this tantalising dark side of the island’s history. You can also find numerous hotels, restaurants and other establishments based around a pirating theme, with Jolly Rogers flying high and traditional varieties of rum on the menu.

Modern day Barbados is a far cry from the cutthroat island of its past however, as evidenced by the unarmed police seen walking around Bridgetown. Although many people view the island’s piracy period as a lesson from history that should not be forgotten, others are content to take a lighter attitude and embrace the more flamboyant, fairy tale aspects of the pirate legend, making Barbados a fun holiday destination for adults and children alike.

Clint Starr writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

Views: 57

Important (read & understand)

How to Contact us:Preferred Contact point

Skype: Travelingraggyman


Email and Instant Messenger:

TravelerinBDFSM @ aol/aim;  hotmail;; live & yahoo


Travelingraggyman @ gmail and icq ***


Find us on Google+

Please vote for Our Site. You can vote once a day. Thank you for your support. just click on the badge below


10,000 votes - Platinum Award
5,000 votes - Gold Award
2,500 votes - Silver Award
1,000 votes - Bronze Award
300 votes - Pewter Award
100 votes - Copper Award

Member of the Associated  Posting System {APS}

This allows members on various sites to share information between sites and by providing a by line with the original source it credits the author with the creation.

Legal Disclaimer

***************We here at Traveling within the World are not responsible for anything posted by individual members. While the actions of one member do not reflect the intentions of the entire social network or the Network Creator, we do ask that you use good judgment when posting. If something is considered to be inappropriate it will be removed


This site is strictly an artist operational fan publication, no copyright infringement intended

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

© 2024   Created by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service