What the pirates in movies actually looked like in real life
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Did pirates actually have parrots as pets or hooks for hands? Author of "The Republic of Pirates," Colin Woodard explains. Following is a transcript from the video.

Colin Woodard: I think the average person imagines a pirate with a hook for a hand, a great big floppy hat, a blue waistcoat, and maybe even a peg leg, with a parrot on his shoulder.  

This particular gang of pirates, who were active at the very beginning of the 18th century for only 4-5 years. Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, the women...


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