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8 real pirate havens worth a visit

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 5, 2014, 10:08 a.m.
Jaws Beach, Bahamas

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The stuff of legend

The 17th and 18th centuries were the “golden age” of piracy, inspiring many myths and legends. Yes, the images of Jolly Roger-flagged ships, peg-legged sailors, plank walking, X-marked treasure maps, and hard-drinking and hard-fighting ruffians are based on fact. But the nonromanticized version of piracy is just as fascinating as the mostly fictional tales.

In a handful of places around the world, you can see this history and touch the relics of piracy's past. There are even a few spots, such as the famous Caribbean island of Tortuga, that remain havens for lawlessness.

Here are eight places where you can soak up the true tales of pirates. (Text: Josh Lew)