Arrgh!: The Origins of talking like a pirate

That ubiquitous pirate growl is celebrated around the world on Talk Like a Pirate Day but few people know its origin. It did not come from a real pirate but one of fiction.
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Norman Island BVI
Norman Island BVI
KITTY HAWK, N.C. - Sept. 19, 2013 - PRLog -- In 1950, Walt Disney released its first non-animated movie, Treasure Island, which was based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel of the same name. Robert Newton, the British actor who played Long John Silver, is the one who improvised this guttural release now known to everyone. But without Stevenson’s Treasure Island there would have been no Long John Silver. The fast food fish house would certainly be known as something else today.    Stevenson owes an event in history that influenced his writing of Treasure Island. The treasure map he created for his novel records a treasure buried on a deserted Caribbean Island in 1750. This map, the most famous treasure map in the world, mirrors a true story of treasure buried on Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands in 1750.    Two brothers from Hampton Roads, Virginia, Owen Lloyd and his peg-legged brother, John, stole a fortune from a Spanish galleon driven to Ocracoke, North Carolina, in a hurricane. This event caused international turmoil at the time and was an event long remembered in the Caribbean, especially St. Kitts, the resting place of Stevenson’s great grandfather.  So remember, every time you hear that infamous utterance, it started with a treasure buried on November 13, 1750, made famous by a man born on November 13, 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson. That day is to be remembered as Treasure Island Day.    For more on the history of Treasure Island, read Treasure Island: The Untold Story.

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