Buccaneers, swashbucklers, pirates, privateers ...
They all sailed "the
Spanish Main" during the days of frigates and sloops, brigs, schooners
The heyday of the buccaneers was from circa 1650-1725 when working
either individually or in great pirate fleets out of strongholds like Port Royal
Jamaica, they raided as far north as Canada and as far
south as Brazil and equatorial Africa. Their targets of choice were not only
Spanish treasure galleons and rich merchant vessels but also coastal towns and
cities in Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the many small but valuable islands of
the Greater and Lesser Antilles chains of the Caribbean Sea. Though mainly a 17th
and 18th century phenomenon, piracy in the Caribbean did have a brief
resurgence around 1820 before disappearing.
Some swashbucklers operated legally, by commission, in time of war such as
the privateers (private vessels licensed by their government with a "letter of marque" to prey upon enemy commerce) which abounded during the naval wars
of the 1600s, the American
Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. Others were entirely outside the
law. Still others moved in and out of legality with ease as the circumstances
They were Englishmen, Scotsmen, Welshmen, Dutchmen,
Frenchmen, Spaniards, Portuguese, Danes, Americans, Indians and Africans. Some
were loyal to their king, some to their fellow buccaneers and some only to
themselves. Some had impeccable manners, some were implacable thugs. Now and
again they would gather and celebrate the success of a great raid from which
all returned laden with booty.
But in 2013 it was all in good fun with We Make History's
annual Buccaneers' Ball!
Yohoho... Avast there matey... Pieces of eight,
pieces of eight... Dance a proper jig or walk the plank. Booty for all
and plunder a'plenty. Shiver me timbers and boarders away... A r r r r ...
Piratical or seafaring attire was
encouraged such as piratical or nautical attire or any historic attire
from the 1650s to the 1820s. Pirate, buccaneer, beachcomber, sailor,
naval officer, explorer or
castaway looks were all welcome as was modern dress but with piratical
touches such as a bandana over the head or an eye patch.
Music was lively and the dancing an
enjoyable mix of simple historic styles. A traditional tribute was given to
Noah - the first great seafarer!
Now... please allow us to state the obvious.
of history were not nice people.
No one wants to recreate negative aspects of their behavior or activities in any
actual or literal sense.
But after 300 years of time passage, the
idea of a 17th or 18th century pirate has become a mere
caricature, a light hearted bit of play acting which many have a good time with.
For us the idea of the Buccaneers' Ball is simply to "open
things up a bit" with an unusual theme for our guests to enjoy and in which to
exercise their creativity and imaginations.
Join Ye Crew!
Seafarers sail in on the high tide
arriving in their most colourful garb for the merriment of the annual
Buccaneers' Ball. They hail from many charted lands -
as well as parts unknown. All captains have agreed to a truce for the
evening and laughter is heartily interspersed with tales of the sea.
With the sound of the fiddle, the telling
of sea tales is
abruptly finished, swords slip back into scabbards to be stowed safely
away and a cheerful chorus of ARRRRRRR accompanies the Buccaneers into the
Every year the editors of BQ (that's Buccaneers' Quarterly for you landlubbers)
are on hand to applaud established seafaring fashion icons while keeping a
"lookout" for new talent as well. Whether on gangplank or runway, strolling
the quarterdeck or pivoting on the catwalk these "Vogue Rogues" are making a
A R R R R R R R R R R R R R R !
My Dearest Dred Cap'n Scott,
Ahoy! I wish 't express me appreciation fer a most enjoy'ble diversion! I
cou' see many a smile amon' me shipmates -- 'specially this young lady buc'
wearin' yella' who 'ad th' most charmin' countenance! I know sh' makes her
pirate parents proud!
I was mos' impressed with 'ow so many dress'd so elegan'ly fer th' occasion.
But who'm I kiddin? We know th' crew of We Make History 's anythin' but a
Thank'ye and ye' family most kindly, I say wit' me most courtly bow (I 'ave
been accepted a' court, for all 'tis worth.)!
HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!
Ye Friend, Shipmate, & Humble Servant,
Capt. Bartholomew Burgundy
aboard the "Wayward Star"
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& Expectations” page as well as our "All
About Us" page.
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