Special characters are not allowed. According to the myth, Kidd was buried sitting upright as punishment for his crimes — although he was actually arrested, tried, executed (twice, for the first attempt failed) and buried in England on May 23, 1701. Previously the graveyard numbered hundreds of tombs, nowadays only 30 of them are left. The Pirate Cemetery of Madagascar. The European name Sainte Marie was acquired in the 16 th century from Portuguese sailors. Source. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Ile Sainte-Marie (or St. Mary’s Island as it is known in English), a long, thin island off the eastern African coast, became a popular base for pirates. Please try again later. Photo by Antony Stanley CC BY-SA 2.0. On the small island of Ile Sainte-Marie, four miles off the coast of eastern Madagascar, lie the bones of pirates who terrorized the seas during the 17th and 18th centuries. Madagascar used to be a notorious stronghold for thousands pirates between 1680 and 1725. Resend Activation Email. 5 Animals to Spot on a Night Walk in Andasibe, Spotlight On: Sea Turtles of Madagascar for World Turtle Day. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails. Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. The cemetery of past pirates at St. Mary Island, Madagascar houses many of these daring men of the high seas. Try again. The Pirate Cemetery Of Ile Sainte Marie. Photo by Lemurbaby CC BY-SA 3.0. In the center of the cemetery, there is a large black tomb that locals say is the final resting place of Captain Kidd, buried there in an upright position to punish him for his sins. Missionaries, and colonial and marine officers are also buried here, but you can clearly see the skull and crossbones on the grave of one English pirate. Source. The “Pirate Paradise” would serve as an on and off resort for a period of some 100 years, although it was most actively used between 1691 and 1719. Please enter at least 2 characters. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Ile Sainte-Marie (or St. Mary’s Island as it is known in English), a long, thin island off the eastern African coast, became a popular base for pirates. They lived in the île aux Forbans, an island located in the bay of Sainte Marie’s main town, Ambodifotatra. The calm waters around the island enabled safe approach, while numerous inlets and bays provided excellent hideouts in which entire ships could slip in and remain undetected. Sainte-Marie, Madagascar pirate cemetery. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. The tourist office and other local operators can arrange this. The cemetery overlooks the Baie de Forbans just south of Ambodifotatra, the perfect pirate hang-out. It’s completely unique and worth the effort. 'Guides' have erected a hut at the start to collect a fee and do a guided tour (Ar15,000). Filled with the bones of violent and restless pirating legends such as If you have questions, please contact support@findagrave.com. The cemetery overlooks the Baie de Forbans just south of Ambodifotatra, the perfect pirate hang-out. This place was not far from the maritime routes along which ships returning from the East Indies sailed in transit, their holds overflowing with wealth, it was provided with bays and inlets protected from storms and finally, it had abundant fruit and was situated in quiet waters. March 22, 2017 Jack Beckett. Madagascar used to be a notorious stronghold for thousands pirates between 1680 and 1725. It takes about 10 minutes to see it. All of them date back to 18th century, yet only a single one has a traditional pirate image engraved: a scull with crossed bones. This cemetery currently has no description. From the Bay of Bengal, all the way to Cape of Good Hope, Île Sainte-Marie gathered infinite amounts of looted wealth, so it comes as no surprise that to this day many lagoons and coves around the island are considered to hold treasures buried by some of the most infamous pirate captains. Home of an estimated 1,000 pirates. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. For around 100 years, Ile Sainte-Marie was the off-season home of an estimated 1,000 pirates. Verify and try again. 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It wasn’t returned to Madagascar until 1960. Up to 1,000 pirates reportedly called the rocky island home, including widely-feared brigands Adam Baldridge, William Kidd, Olivier Levasseur, Henry Every, Robert Culliford, Abraham Samuel and Thomas Tew. The island is also renowned for its large cloves crops. There are mostly graves from the 1800s but only one with the classic skull and crossed bones. Explore this cemetery for graves, information and tombstones for names in Pirate Cemetery of Madagascar in Analanjirofo, a Find A Grave Cemetery. The graveyard on Île Sainte-Marie still hosts a number of tombstones marked with skulls and bones, resting peacefully in the shade of palm trees.