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8 real pirate havens worth a visit

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 5, 2014, 10:08 a.m.
Vijaydurg Fort

Photo: Ankur P/Flickr

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Mumbai, India

India's most famous pirate, Kanhoji Angre, attacked British, Dutch and Portuguese ships off the Indian western coastline in the early 1700s. In addition to extorting money from all the ships using the then-busy port of Bombay (now Mumbai), he focused his efforts on looting vessels owned by England's East India Trading Co.

You can still visit Angre's almost-impenetrable hideout at Vijaydurg Fort. You can also see remnants of his reign as India's “king of pirates” at Underi and Khanderi, both once fortified islands near the harbor. Despite the fact that Angre and other Bombay pirates extorted money from locals as well as raiding foreign ships, they are seen as heroes by many Indians because they were able, at least temporarily, to disrupt English influence in India.