This African Island Was A Pirates’ Paradise, And Now It’s Home To A Uniquely Creepy Cemetery

Just off the coast of Madagascar lies a small island with a checkered past. Once known as Île Sainte-Marie, these days it goes by the name of Nosy Boraha and is more famous as a holiday destination. Nestled in the Indian Ocean, it’s a lush and tropical stop-off if you’re vacationing in the area.

But a few centuries ago, Sainte-Marie was better known for very different reasons. Back in the late 1600s, the island was rife with a very particular sort of professional. The kind that make their money through plunder and sport a natty line in gold earrings and headscarves. Yup, you guessed it: pirates.

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