Sure, Stede Bonnet Is Actual
Those that’ve studied swashbucklers (or had a passing curiosity in pirate historical past) are in all probability conversant in Stede Bonnet – aka The Gentleman Pirate – who’s certainly one of piracy’s extra notable names resulting from his eccentric methods and weird backstory.
Most pirates didn’t precisely select their career; they have been compelled into it by circumstance. Stede Bonnet, alternatively (as Our Flag Means Dying appropriately depicts) was a rich landowner in Barbados with a spouse and youngsters who – for causes historians have by no means absolutely uncovered – had a little bit of a midlife disaster and deserted his household to develop into a pirate.
He Actually Did Pay His Pirates a Wage
Usually, pirates solely earned a share of no matter loot they efficiently pillaged, however Stede was clearly not a ‘zero hours contract’ kinda bloke, and – because the present suggests in episode one – he actually did insist on paying his crew a daily wage.
His highfalutin’ piracy practices additionally prolonged to how he bought his beloved ship, The Revenge: whereas most pirates acquired their vessel by… nicely, nicking it, Stede Bonnet actually did pay to have his personal ship created from scratch, a dozen huge cannons and all.
Stede Bonnet’s Library Is Additionally Actual
Sure, actually. He might need run away from his snug life in Barbados, however Stede Bonnet wasn’t prepared to surrender all his creature comforts, so he did what any cheap bloodthirsty pirate would do and put in a full library on board his ship.
A report in The Boston News Letter actually describes him as strolling about on deck ‘in his morning robe’, earlier than retiring beneath ‘to his books of which he has an excellent library aboard.’ That’s proper, even his fancy pirate PJs have been actual.