From the Golden Age of Piracy (1650-1730) and the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, piracy has become an integral part of the world's culture. Whether it is the iconic peg leg, hook, and eye patch or the parrot, pirates and their trade is often fantasized over. The pirate flag is one of these symbols. It has come to be associated with rebellion, death, and crime. The iconic skull and crossbones has become a universal symbol for poison. But this is not what the flag was originally intended for. This website will strip the pirate flag, its history and meaning, down to its original form and purpose.