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Nine Questions With a Real Southern Pirate

A few weeks ago, we delved into the question of who is the real Billy Bowlegs, patron pirate of the festival of the same name in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Today, we get to delve deeper into the question in our Q&A with Bruce Marshall, the Captain Billy of the Krewe of Bowlegs from two years ago. Bruce was kind enough to indulge us with answers to Wayne Franklin’s Nine Questions…

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It’s Pirate Week on Real Southern Men!

In honor of the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and┬áDrake’s Raid in St. Augustine, we’ve dubbed this Pirate Week on RSM. First, we delved into the mystery of why the Billy Bowlegs Festival claims William Augustus Bowles as its patron pirate … despite the fact that he was never called Billy […]

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Billy Bowlegs: Truth, Fiction and a Good Story

Captain Jack Sparrow is once again buckling his swash across the world’s cinema screens, this time tangling with a fictional version of the very real Blackbeard. This weekend, locals and tourists in Fort Walton Beach, Florida will don their eyepatches and bandanas, and brandish their cutlasses and muskets in mock battle. The season of pirates be upon us.

But why is the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival named for a pirate whose name wasn’t even Billy Bowlegs? Time to dig for a little historical buried treasure…

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