Islamic sailors, known as corsairs, sailed from the Barbary Coast in the southern Mediterranean and raided European trade vessels during the time of the Crusades. Then counter-corsairs subsidized by the Knights of Malta were sent forth to battle the Barbary pirates.
By the 18th century, one of their most prominent and notorious leaders was Pirate Lord Ammand, who commanded a fleet of galleys. The Barbary Corsairs were known to attack trade ships of the "Christian infidels", and preyed on all trade from the Gulf of Morocco to Turkey, due to Ammand serving as a privateer for the Ottoman Empire. They frequently crossed blades with the Spanish Treasure Fleet of Eduardo Villanueva as they operated in the same waters.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The name "Barbary Corsairs" was used in the "Inside the Brethren Court" special feature for At World's End.
- In Pirates of the Caribbean Online, a player can buy an outfit called the Barbary Corsair.
- The name Barbossa might have been derived from "Barbarossa" (Italian for "Redbeard"), the nickname of the legendary Turkish Barbary pirate Aruj, and his brother Hayreddin Barbarossa; the Barbarossa brothers were infamous across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean in the 16th century.
- One of the ideas for Chris Schweizer's Pirates of the Caribbean comic book series was to have James Norrington and his crew surviving the hurricane off Tripoli and being captured by the Barbary Corsairs and eventually becoming slaves/rowers aboard a galley.
- Many of the stereotypical features associated with pirates in popular culture are partly derived from the Barbary pirates. The eyepatch, for example, dates back to the Arab pirate Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah, who wore it after losing an eye in battle in the 18th century. The prosphetic limb, used by pirate characters like Peter Pan's Captain Hook, for example, is derived from the legendary Turkish pirate Barbarossa (Redbeard), who in the early 16th century lost his left arm, earning him the nickname Silver Arm, in reference to the silver prosthetic device which he used in place of his missing limb.
- Legends of the Brethren Court: Day of the Shadow
- The Star of the Sea
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game) (First appearance)
- Quiet Life
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean, p25.
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide, p90-91: "Pirate Lords"
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Pirate Lords Map
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End "Inside the Brethren Court" featurette
- ↑ "I wasn’t planning on delving into Groves much, at least not unless the series went into a second arc/season, but Gillette was going to be a major player in the hurricane story, and would’ve been captured with Norrington and some of the others by the Corsairs in its aftermath and forced to row aboard a galley ship. Had we done that second season, Norrington would’ve led a revolt that would free the navy men, and get them back to the Caribbean." - Chris Schweizer
- ↑ Charles Belgrave (1966), The Pirate Coast, p. 122, George Bell & Sons