For pirates, eating at sea was purely a method of survival. Unless a bounty of provisions was captured from a wealthy merchant ship, very few would have received enjoyment from the available menu. The drinking water was old, the meat and vegetables were rotten and the biscuit-like bread would have been full of weevils.

Tortuga, situated on the northern tip of the island of Hispaniola, became a popular spot for pirates during the early 1600s, thanks to the fresh food and safe harbor available there. Later, Petit Gloave in Southwestern Saint Dominique gained favor as it was better connected to the international market for pirate booty.

Toward the end of the Golden Age, friendly ports became scarce, and pirates were forced to resort to other methods of nutrition. One favored meal at this time was Salamagundi. A complex stew of turtle, fish, chicken, pig, cow, duck, pigeon, spiced wine, herbs, palm hearts, garlic, oil, hard-boiled eggs, anchovies, pickled onions, cabbage, grapes and olives, it probably became popular more as a matter of convenience than of preference.

Salamagundi was easy to make, and the pungent spices would have concealed the taste of raw ingredients that were kept below deck during journeys that could last for weeks at a time. "Black Bart" Roberts ate it for breakfast on the day he was fatally shot in a battle against the British Royal Navy.

Pirate drink also involved many unusual ingredient combinations. Bombo was a spicy concoction of rum, water, sugar and nutmeg. Rumfustian included a hearty blend of raw eggs, sugar, sherry, gin and beer. Rumbullion was a tingling brew of rum mixed with wine, tea, lime juice, sugar and spices. And Blackbeard's favorite drink, Kill Devil, was created by lacing rum with real gunpowder.

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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.

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