Move over Johnny Depp –“Black Sails” has taken over the pirate imaginary on cable TV! The question is whether or not this newest representation of the Golden Age of Piracy is any more accurate than the Disney version. My suspicion is that where Disney sugar-coats and romanticizes pirate escapades, “Black Sails” capitalizes on the brutality and projects a guerilla “war on the world” that never actually existed. In other words, somewhere between “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Black Sails” we might find a smidgen of historical accuracy.
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