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Jolly Rodger was based off of Captain Benjamin. Due to a translation issue, his name was changed from Pirate Benjamin to Jolly Rodger. Captain Benjamin Hornigold (died 1719) was an 18th-century English pirate. His career lasted from 1715 to 1718, after which he turned into a pirate hunter and pursued his former allies on behalf of the Governor of the Bahamas. He was killed when his ship was wrecked on a reef during the 1719 hurricane season.