Pirates of the Carribean is to pirates what Twilight is to vampires.
I dislike it because pirates in the Carribeans were originally french and I love my countrymen, especially when they do clever things.
I mean, you have to give them credit. Before the famous acts of piracy began in the region, it was just a bunch of french hunters living off the local wildlife and minor raids.
Then Spain started killing them to take over the place, so the french said fuck it and moved to another island, an extremely defensible one this time, Tortuga. Since they were more or less under siege, they started relying more and more on raids to survive.
And then a french man who may or may not have actually existed (that’s the thing with piracy, it’s hard to know) got the genius idea of raiding galleons making the return trip from the Carribeans to Spain, which carried lots of trade goods.
At some point, the english got involved and decided to troll Spain by kicking a lot of spanish ass in the area, taking Jamaica from Spain and setting Port Royal as a pirate trade town, letting the french pirates of Tortuga know they were a-okay, and joyfully raiding spanish ships themselves.
Eventually the english / french rivalry got back (it always does) and the Jamaica / Tortuga collaboration ended. Then Port Royal was hit by an earthquake, spanish colonies started showing signs of having been sucked dry (you can’t expect to raid a town ten or so times in ten years and see it prosper), governors started frowning upon piracy (wow rude), and piracy became a lot less profitable.
The movie is like ‘rape pillage and plunder, lol’ except they obviously never do so (it’s disney), while pirates in the Carribeans all obeyed their own code after swearing an oath on the bible, most of which (the codes) punished rape by a death sentence. Boys and women were forbidden on board for that reason (rape), and smuggling them on board was punished harshly (marooning or death) because it was seen both as rape, even if the boy or lady was consenting (since revoking consent once at sea surrounded by celibate pirates was very risky), and as a seed for discord.
The motto would be closer to ‘no prey no pay’ than ‘rape pillage plunder’. Also there is that ongoing speculation that homosexuality was pretty common (but then, they had no women).
It was also forbidden to settle dispute on boards. Gentlemen having a problem with each other would be placed on an island with a firearm each until the matter was solved.
Parleys were not a thing. Parleys are a custom in wars, not piracy.
Pirates had a curfew. For practical matters but still, the idea is amusing. Touching detail, the one to spot a prey would be the given the best weapon for the raid.
Actually, what I know of piracy codes practiced on Tortuga is a lot less cruel than laws and customs used at sea by regular ships. Especially punishments. Piracy codes talk about marooning, whipping, and shooting the unlawful dead, but they have no reference to the tortures practiced on french ships I have no idea how to translate.
Simply put, imagine tying a man to a rope with a pulley for disrespecting his superior, and having his fellow sailors pull the rope to travel the poor man under the ship.
Sometimes the sailors were not motivated enough, sometimes the man couldn’t hold his breath, sometimes the captain just told them to stop pulling and live him to drown.
A lighter punishment of the same kind involved repeated near-drownings but no trip under the ship.
Sorry but I prefer marooning.