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Jolly Roger


The name "Jolly Roger" is thought to have come from joli rouge (pretty red), a wry French description of the bloody banner flown by early privateers. The flags were meant to strike mortal terror in the hearts of the pirate's intended victims. They often featured skeletons, daggers, cuttlasses, or bleeding hearts on white, red, or black fields. The skull and crossbones motif first appeared around 1700 when French pirate Emanuel Wynne hoisted his fearful ensign in the Caribbean -- embellished with an hourglass to show his prey that their time was running out. The pennant above was flown by Christopher Condent.




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Stede Bonnet
STEDE BONNET

Edward England
EDWARD ENGLAND

Henry Every
HENRY EVERY

Walter Kennedy
WALTER KENNEDY

Edward Low
EDWARD LOW

Christopher Moody
CHRISTOPHER MOODY

Jack Rackham
JACK RACKHAM

Bartholmew Roberts
BARTHOLOMEW ROBERTS

Bartholmew Roberts
BARTHOLOMEW ROBERTS

Edward Teach (Blackbeard)
BLACKBEARD
Thomas Tew
THOMAS TEW

Richard Worley
RICHARD WORLEY

Emanuel Wynne
Emanuel Wynne


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