1. Who was the most famous of the pirates along the Georgia coast?
The most famous was Blackbeard, or Edward Teach. (Blackbeard Island off McIntosh County in South Georgia is named for him.)
2. Where did the expression “The cat’s out of the bag” come from?
This came from the sailors’ expression for telling others on the ship that they’d better do the right things, because the captain of the ship had the cat-o’-nine-tails (a special kind of whip) in his hands and was ready to use it.
3. Why did pirates eat in the dark?
Pirates ate in the dark so that they could not see what they were eating. They were at sea for a long time. Maggots and other things got into the food and made it unappetizing to look at. Therefore, the sailors would eat it without having to look at it.
4. Why would governments commission privateers if their methods were no different from the pirates’ methods?
Some governments felt they were justified in getting what they needed for their people by any method necessary. If this meant stealing from the “enemy” they would do that. Privateers were always ready to do this since there was a lot of money to be earned this way.