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8 real pirate havens worth a visit

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 5, 2014, 10:08 a.m.
Pirate cemetery

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Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

Ile Sainte Marie is an island off the coast of Madagascar near what was once the main shipping channel used by merchants returning to Europe from South and East Asia. These trading vessels were loaded with riches and therefore prime targets for famous buccaneers like William Kidd.

The pirates who lived on Ile Sainte Marie left a lot of evidence of their presence. Several shipwrecks sit in very shallow waters around the island. These, along with the rich collection of marine wildlife, draw adventure-seeking divers. A pirate cemetery can be found on the island, and there are even some local people who claim that they are descended from the original pirate settlers.