The Caribbean and West Indies attracted pirates like moths to a flame. Many legendary pirates performed their greatest exploits in these areas and along the eastern coast of America. These are the pirates whose names are most familiar, the individuals who come to mind when the word “pirate” is mentioned. Black-beard, Charles Vane, Black Bart, and Samuel Bellamy are among those who terrorized and pillaged the area with a vengeance. It was the Golden Age of piracy, and rogues sailed with the single-minded goal of gaining power and securing treasure.