August 16th is National Rum Day and you know what goes hand in hand with this liquor? Pirates of course! Rum production surged during the 17th century, when colonizers began mass producing sugarcane in the Caribbean. Rum is made from distilling sugarcane molasses or juice. Rum became the go to beverage for sailors and was an easy item for pirates to loot when capturing ships.
Piracy in the Caribbean began during the 1500s and petered out during the mid 1800s. It flourished because of major seaports, including Port Royal in Jamaica, Tortuga in Haiti and Nassau in the Bahamas. Some of the most historically prolific pirates of the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean include Blackbeard, Captain Morgan and Anne Bonny.
Throughout history, Piracy has been a popular subject of literature, television and film, notably Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island." Disney has played quite a hand in the popularization of pirates, creating the Pirates of the Caribbean amusement ride at Disneyland in 1967. The ride became the basis of the celebrated film franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean," which has spawned five feature films. The second installment of the film franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" was a record breaking hit at the box office, earning earning $1.066 billion.
In honor of National Rum Day, take a look at some of our favorite pirate tattoos from talented artists around the world. Then let us know your favorite brand of rum in the comments section on social media.