From 18th-century pirates like Blackbeard and Edward Low to the submarines and destroyers of World War II, the skull and crossbones pirate flag known as the Jolly Roger evolved countless times before becoming the version we know today.
Today, one of the most enduring symbols of pirates is the Jolly Roger. The white skull on a black flag, grinning above crossbones, shines through the ages as a representation of the fear and death wrought by these marauders. But the history of this iconic flag is a complicated one.
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