In the early eighteenth century, a sailing ship was captured off the coast of Honduras by infamous pirate Benjamin Hornigold (1680-1719). What did Hornigold do to the passengers?

Answer: He stole their hats, and nothing else. As one passenger recalled, “they did us no further injury than the taking most of our hats from us, having got drunk the night before, as they told us, and toss’d theirs overboard.”

Source: The Pirate Wars by Peter Earle

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