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Everyone knows that pirates are super cool. Though if you think about it, they're kind of the worst--what with all the killing and stealing and never showering--but we all love them anyways. What do you picture when you think of pirate? Probably a guy with greasy long black hair and beard, nice floppy hat, clothing an eclectic mixture of grotty pirate sackcloth and classy British tailcoats with some minimalist accessories--single hoop earring, maybe a hook, but only if it's practical. And while this image is not entirely inaccurate and some pirates did look like that, it is not true of all of them. Not all of them had hooks, not all of them wore classy British tailcoats, not all of them had beards--heck, not all of them were even men! But you probably saw that coming given the title of this post.
What makes a pirate?
Who are his parents?
What was his first day of work like?
What does he feed his parrot?
While we may never know the truth for many pirates (cause they weren’t real), we do know a bit about one particular, very special pirate: Sir Francis Drake.
Drake was born between 1540 and 1544 (ok so we don’t know everything about him, there aren’t many written records from that time). Francis was the oldest of twelve sons, which might explain his proclivity for theft. He probably had to steal scraps from his brothers to survive. Edmund, his father, was a farmer for the second earl of Bedford. So, humble beginnings for Francis. I mean, not even the first earl.