During the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th and 18th century, no ship was safe from various buccaneers, corsairs and sea marauders who amassed unimaginable wealth by robbing merchants across the oceans.
So, driven by the “work hard, play hard” motto, the pirates were keen on creating their own holiday resorts tucked comfortably in some of the most reclusive islets on Earth, where they hosted flamboyant parties, shared their loot, planned further actions and rested in the shade of coconut trees.
Among numerous hideouts of such nature, Île Sainte-Marie, or Saint Mary’s Island, was the absolute gem. Located off the coast of Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, it was basically non-existent on the maps of the time until 1731, when it was marked as “Pirate Island”, due to its unmistakable reputation.
The location was also conveniently close to the British East India Company’s trading route, making it an ideal retreat after a successful ransack. With local women interested in their tales and more than enough food resources, for the pirates who operated in the Indian Ocean, this was the place to be.
The calm waters around the island enabled safe approach, while numerous inlets and bays provided excellent hideouts in which entire ships could slip in and remain undetected.