In the 17th and 18th century Ile Sainte-Marie (or St. Mary’s Island in English), a small, thin island on the east African coast, was popular because it was the best place for a pirate for hiding.
This place was not far from the sea routes used by large commercial ships when they returned from the East Indies. Characteristic of the island was also its coast, dotted with small coves and sheltered bays, the perfect location where a pirate could easily hide himself after their raids.
With so many pirates who frequented the island is certainly not strange that some of them have started a family and then decided to live their last years in this beautiful tropical paradise.
For this reasons the island of Santa Maria is today the only one, and officially recognized, as the only island, with a cemetery of pirates, in the world. With lots of tombs on which is carved the typical pirate skull that the West discovered through stories and films.
Moreover, in a big black tomb located right in the center of the cemetery, lie the mortal remains of a pirate called ‘Captain Kidd‘, buried in an upright position for his crimes
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