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Why Are We so Attracted to Pirates?

November 10, 2018

Julia discusses this question on the blog, Linda’s Book Bag, in her guest blog post, “Pirates!”

Ask any historian who the worst people in history were, there’s a good chance they’ll answer pirates. The Golden Age of Piracy from 1650 to 1730 saw men commit some of the most heinous crimes imaginable, well beyond the simple plundering for which they’re known. They were the terrorists of those decades. Yet some three hundred years after its end, pirates are celebrated like heroes. Today, we hold pirate festivals, participate in International Talk like a Pirate Day, and wear pirate Halloween costumes. If pirates were so terrible, then why are we so attracted to them?

Read the rest of the post here: Linda’s Book Bag