Date: 6/3/09
By: Gee Rahadian
Historical News
Oda during the course of the manga has shown more than once as the pirate culture is very broad since it mentions many names of pirates actually existed during the Golden Age of Piracy. These include:
Bartholomew Roberts (Bartholomew Kuma), Edward Teach (Marshall D. Teach and Edward Newgate), Samuel Bellamy (Bellamy the hyena), Fran├žois the Ollonais (Roronoa Zoro), Henry Morgan (Captain Morgan), Bartholomew Portugues (Portuguese D. Ace) Samuel Burgess (Jesus Burgess), John Auger (Van Ooger), Jean Lafitte (Lafitte), Francis Drake, known as "The Dragon" (Monkey D. Dragon), Woodes Rogers (Gol D. Roger) and the pirate woman Awilda ( Alvida).
Among all these characters, however, Oda has confirmed only as inspiration Zoro, Morgan, Bellamy and Teach. Coincidence then?

The group of the Shichibukai is inspired in a sense the "privateers" of old Europe. They were pirates hired by the rulers (the phenomenon is mainly attribbuirsi England) considered heroes in their villages of origin and other wounds. Their main purpose was to plunder the villages of the then powerful kingdom Spanish.
The "Great Age of Piracy" One Piece is comparable to the Golden Age of piracy that has taken place and the flow of real pirates to the Grand Line is comparable to the flow of pirates headed for the Caribbean.

Here are some rules in force in the code of the pirates:
1. Everyone has the right to vote, and fresh supplies of liquor ration.
2. No one should play cards or dice for money.
3. The lights of candles must be extinguished at eight.
4. Always keep their weapons clean and ready.
5. Women and girls can not get on board.
6. Who deserted in battle is punished by death or abandonment at sea.

Women Pirates
Speaking of women: albida (or Alvida) is inspired by one of the first women who against all tradition commanded a ship at the time of the Vikings. To be precise, Awilda, the woman from southern Sweden. The difference is that we know in the Alvida One Piece does not have a crew all in pink as that really existed, but it is rumored that the Swedish would not tolerate extremely narcissistic and potentially negative comments on her physical appearance. He was also a free spirit, who went to sea trying to avoid a marriage with Prince Alf, his betrothed, which she refused escaping, like the best fairy tales. Nami probably comes from Josephine Arley, a pirate's daughter of a marquis, who was deceiving criminals and others of his "colleagues" in order to accumulate an immense fortune, with which he dreamed of buying so much land to live in competition with the King of Spain. The difference was that Josephine made a mistake, do not ask me why because I do not know, and although he managed to buy lots of land including the city that gave birth, was officially thrown into oblivion, and after a while there was no book he wrote who dared to tell her or his mouth.

The Jolly Roger
The pirate flag (skull and the timeless black background) is called the "Jolly Roger" and one of the hypotheses that attempt to explain the origin of the name I mention only one connected with Gold Roger, the Pirate King. That the term "Old Roger", meaning Satan. It 'just add a G in front of "old" ... Pirate King "reality", however, is known as the famous Sir Henry Morgan, and hence also the name of the captain of the navy that we meet first.
We know that Jolie Rouge is another likely etymological root of the black flag (or red, which could indicate the blood), which is precisely called Jolly Roger.
Often appearing on the flags on the graves or the period of hourglasses with wings, to indicate the slipperiness of the time (try to think of an hourglass with wings on a grave ... we understand well the meaning, right?). To the pirates that was the meaning of the hourglass, time is fleeting, is the life of the victims flew away soon. User flag with skull and hourglass Christopher Moody was born in 1694 and died in 1722.
The Jolly Roger Shanks could reconnect to that of the famous pirate Calico Jack (two swords crossed behind the skull).

Cultural references
Many cities in the story are based on famous locations. For example, the entire series of Arabasta has elements that are based on the ancient architecture of Egypt and the Arab and the way they dress. Water 7 instead is clearly inspired by the city of Venice and Florence Logue Town. The Florian Triangle seems nothing more than the Bermuda Triangle where many ships have disappeared.
Thriller Bark but has many elements reminiscent of classic horror like the invisible man (Absalom), vampires (Hildon), ghosts (Perona), a mad scientist (Dr. Hogback), zombies, skeletons (Brook) and demons (Gecko Moria).
The tribe can not remember the Shandian tribe of Native American Indians and their war against the inhabitants of Skype is very similar to the situation that was to create when the Europeans invaded the lands of Native Americans supporting war and bloodshed. The city of Shandora can be compared instead to search for "city of gold" that many Europeans claimed to have seen in America. The Giants seem Erbaf the Vikings and not by chance that Oda has been a fan of Viking culture in his youth and there are some color work, where the author portrays the characters of One Piece dressed as Vikings.
Were also made some references to biblical character, such as sea horses Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Bible are the two cities known for their corruption.

Allusions
Zoro seems to be an allusion to the swordsman Zorro mask. Although not confirmed the obvious allusions are just the name that is pronounced the same way. Zoro wears a black bandana around your arm and when it is going to wear the combat that produces a shadow on his eyes, almost like a mask, much like the bandana and the mask that uses Zorro.

Crocodile of the Shichibukai seems to have the characteristics of the famous Captain Hook in Peter Pan story, also has a huge Bananadile, a giant crocodile that almost seems to wink at the crocodile feared by the enemy of Peter Pan. These are simple, however, not confirmed by the author hints. Another member of the Shichibukai, Gecko Moria, has the fruit of the devil which allows him to cut away the shadows. By making the thing once more to the story of Peter Pan who loses his shadow and must mend.

While most of the origins of the character designs are somewhat dubious, there are two very obvious but still unconfirmed by Oda, one of them is that Jango is clearly based on Michael Jackson (it carries the famous style of walking called "moonwalking"), Chopper and the other is based on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Santa Claus driving legend thanks to his bright nose. Both colors have a nose, and both are special esplusi from their families for this feature.
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