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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Eddie Breeding, Apr 18, 2018.
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The piece of eight would later be known in Mexico as a Peso.
In 1788, the Austrian army attacked itself and lost 10,000 men.
Privateers were privately owned vessels who were given permission by their government to attack any ship flying the flag of an enemy nation during war. Though not technically pirates in the eyes of their own country, other nations would see them as pirates and punish them accordingly.
President James Madison issued a letter of marque to a private citizen, who was in possession of his own warship, and authorized him to attack enemy shipping.
Unlike it's portrayal in the PotC franchise, Port Royal was known as the wickedest city on earth. Piracy was not prosecuted, and it contained an abundance of taverns and brothels. Henry Morgan used it as a launching point for invading Portabello in 1668, and years later in 1692 an earthquake caused most of the city to sink underwater.
In 1945, one of the strangest battles of WWII took place at Itter Castle in Austria. The United States, French prisoners that had been held in Itter Castle, and a unit of German Wehrmacht soldiers, fought against a German Waffen SS division. The Allied forces won, with only the commander of the Wehrmacht unit being killed, while the SS division lost several dozen soldiers.
In the movie Braveheart the Scots are depicted wearing kilts. This is anachronistic as kilts did not begin to appear until the 16th century and the movie is set in the 13th century. (I love this movie but I could go on for hours about all the historical inaccuracies in it.)
Pirates pierced their ears with gold and silver because they believed it helped them to see better.
“Davy Jones' Locker” is real nautical term that dates back to the 1700s. Davy Jones was sailor slang for the Devil. To send someone to Davy Jones meant killing the individual. Being “sent to Davy Jones Locker” implied that you were not going to heaven.
On August 10 1628, the Swedish galleon Vasa attempted her maiden voyage... only to sink in Stockholm Harbor. After fading into obscurity she was rediscovered in 1950 and recovered from the water in 1961. She was moved to a permanent home at The Vasa Museum in Stockholm in 1988. For information on how she sank and the ongoing conservation efforts, see the Wikipedia page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasa_(ship)
Fact #1: Pigs could be a real danger-
In meival times, pigs were kept as meat animals, often in a type of extensive husbandry that included foraging in forests and on common grounds. People thus had much more contact with live pigs than we do today – this could be dangerous, and even deadly.
There were multiple accounts of pigs eating children. From the 13th century, lawsuits could in theory be filed against the porcine perpetrators – this usually resulted in a death sentence for the pig. Such lawsuits were rare in England but were more common in France, especially in the region around Paris.
Fact #2: People did bathe- Hygiene was considered a sign that you were civilised, and cleanlienss meant bathing. Most major towns boasted public baths, as did many private houses. Bathtubs were made using similar techniques to those used to craft wine barrels.
Fact #3: Beauty wasn't pretty (MILDLY DISTURBING: WARNING)-During the medieval era, pale white skin was considered to be a pillar of feminine beauty. To attain nice white hues, women applied white powder to their faces that often contained toxic lead. Even worse, many women would have a barber cut their arms and drain their blood until they went pale. It seems women have always suffered for beauty.
Pirates (and sailors) wore earrings so if they died, the gold would be used to pay for their burial expenses
Pirates wore eye patches so that when they are raiding a ship and go into the hold, one of their eyes would be adjusted to the darkness, not because they were half blind. (normally not blind anyways)