Why did pirates fly the skull and crossbones?
We are back with yet another interesting post. The brand is everything. It is just amazing how these pirates used their flag to lute ships. Their flag was their brand, their identity and it worked really well.
The pirates of the Caribbean movies portray buccaneer crews as likable bands of high see misfit, but real life freebooters were ruthless thieves who replied on their cutthroat reputation to frighten ships into surrendering without a fight(after all ship plundered in one piece worth more than cannon blasted wreck). No one knows who flew the first pirate flag, also known as jolly roger.
It was most likely a simple red or black strip of cloth hoisted above the ship’s tallest mast to send a message to merchant ships.
“Surrender or we will sink you”
Pirates during the golden age of piracy(from the late 1600s to early 1700s) decorated their flag with image of skeletons, swords, skulls and crossbones, drops of blood, and other scary symbols to instill as much fear as possible.
These flags used to work as a weapons that messed with the merchant sailors minds.