Pirates Republic of the Caribbean

A number of great pirates, including; Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, “Black Sam” Bellamy, and Calico Jack Rackham, were inspired by notions of self government and established a crude; but, distinctive form of democracy in the Caribbean that came to be known as the “Pirates Republic”. Even though the Pirate’s Code were considered more of a guideline; they carved out their own zone of freedom in which indentured servants and slaves were released and leaders chosen or deposed of by a vote.

Captain John “Calico Jack” Rackham was brought to fame by the allowance of women aboard his ship, something unheard of at this time. In addition, his flag, the Jolly Roger (The Skull-and-Crossbones insignia), is one of today’s most popular symbols for piracy. Captain “Calico” Jack is not known as a ruthless or bloody pirate; in fact, many times he would capture ships only to offer the crew to join him.


Parrot Cay, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is said to have been the hideout for famed pirate Captain Jack Calico Rackham. Legend has it that Anne Bonny, female pirate associate of Calico Jack Rackham, resided on Parrot Cay lending the original name Pirate Cay to this Island.

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