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Anne Bonny: Behind the Myth of the Breast-Baring Pirate (Video)


Within the realm of pirate lore and seafaring legends, one name stands out among the rest: Anne Bonny . Renowned for her audacious exploits, Bonny has become a figure shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Tales of her wild and untamed nature, her provocative attire, and scandalous affairs have captured the imaginations of many. However, behind the myth lies a deeper story, one that emerges from an 18th-century text authored by the enigmatic Captain Charles Johnson.

In an era driven by an insatiable thirst for scandal and exoticism, Johnson's account painted Bonny as a Caribbean lesbian pirate engaged in a titillating menage a trois. But as the fragments of truth come to light through court records and trial testimonies, a different portrait emerges—one of a fiercely active and ruthless woman who commanded her ship with unparalleled resolve.

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By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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