Caribbean - Pirate Flag, Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands
More than 275 years, during the Golden Age of Piracy (1690 to 1720), the Virgin Islands were the center of a vast empire of pirate activities that extended all over the Caribbean, and the New World. Pirates began flying the Skull and Crossbones (Jolly Roger) as a way to keep pying eyes away, or when calling upon a merchant vessel to surrender. The flag meant no quarter given if a ship resisted. Many pirates had their own flag, some a variation on the Jolly Roger, others quite different. The Virgin Islands are located in the Eastern Caribbean, 2 1/2 hours jet time from Miami and 30 minutes east of Puerto Rico.
postmarked in 2008 with a 94 cent 'US Virgin Island, St Johns' stamp