Pirates 101: Fact and Fiction on the High Seas With the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest -- and thanks to Johnny Depp, who plays the zany Captain Jack Sparrow -- pirates are chic once again. Here lie some valuable nuggets of information about pirates, buccaneers and privateers.
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Pirates 101: Fact and Fiction on the High Seas

Hollywood has churned out more than 70 films about pirates. Films like Captain Blood gave audiences Errol Flynn as dashing, clean-cut pirates, who rescued damsels in distress and vanquished hammy villains in spectacular swordfights. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Hollywood has churned out more than 70 films about pirates. Films like Captain Blood gave audiences Errol Flynn as dashing, clean-cut pirates, who rescued damsels in distress and vanquished hammy villains in spectacular swordfights.

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