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Shanghaied in Savannah

The first building in Savannah, Georgia was a "herb house" for the gardener tending the experimental botanical gardens that were going to make the city a Utopia. Instead, the city became a busy seaport. The garden house was made into a tavern catering to merchant ships' crews and pirates.
Pirates get a bad rap. They were cut-throat, drunken maniacs, sure, but what they did have was great benefits. Compared to other sailing outfits, pirates often had better food, better pay, better sleeping arrangements (all still horrible of course) than other soldier or merchant vessels. Pirates at least had a democratic decision-making system. Comparatively luxurious, the pirate ships often had plenty of people willing to join them. Not so for your standard military or merchant ships. Sailors regularly jumped ship, and after a few days stay in a port, a ship could be shorthanded by half a dozen men. This is where the “Pirates’ House” came in. Besides beer, food and wenches, the “Pirate House” did a brisk trade in something else; they found new sailors for the ships. Rather than going to all the trouble of convincing people of what a nice life it was at sea (people knew better) they simply kidnapped them.

Curious Expeditions explains how these kidnappings (known as being “shanghaied") were accomplished, as well as other pirate activities, and you'll get a look at more of the fascinating history of the city of Savannah. Link

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