We love stories of Pirates. Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean grossed 4.5 billion and is the 14th highest grossing series of all time. Although they were bloodthirsty thieves, we admire their sense of adventure. Caesar’s Rock, one of the three islands north of Key Largo, is named in honor of the pirate, Black Caesar.
During the Golden age of piracy in the late 1600s and early 1700s, a pirate ship was one of the few places a Black man could attain power and money in the Western Hemisphere. It was often a choice between slavery and freedom through lawlessness.
Black Caesar was a legendary 18th Century African pirate. He raided shipping from the Florida Keys for almost a decade. He later served as a lieutenant with Blackbeard.
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