About 300 years before anyone took a sip of his namesake spiced rum
, the real Cap’n trolled Spanish colonies in the Caribbean, plundering his way to fame and fortune. The Welsh-born Henry Morgan was employed by the British crown
; he was a pirate for pay, and he was darn good at it. He raided everywhere from Cuba to Panama to Venezuela, and was eventually rewarded with a knighthood. Though pirates and rum go hand in hand, Morgan probably drank more brandy and Madeira than rum during his tenure on the high seas, as that was the booze available in the Spanish colonies he sacked. That said, he did go on to become lieutenant governor of Jamaica, so chances are he tasted the sweet nectar of the sugar cane spirit at least once in his life.