It has often been argued how did the name buccaneer come about. Here are two versions, make up your own mind.
Henry Morgan later to be known as Sir Henry Morgan governor or Jamaica was asked in a waterside bar “why Henry nice to see you, where are your buccaneers?”
Quick as a flash Henry replied, “on my buccanhead”
Not all seamen were successful pirates and some to make ends meet lived amongst the mangroves along the creeks of the Caribbean islands. Here they cut the mangrove wood and used it to smoke beef that they had stolen from planters in the interior of the islands. This smoked beef was a good substitute for “salt horse” or the barrels of salted pork and beef that the sailors dined on seven days a week if they were lucky enough to get food.
This was done generally on the French islands at the time and the time and the product was called boucan in the French vernacular. This soon became enlarged to bouccaneers as the people who made the boucan and the English simply bastardised to buccaneers to encompass all thieves and robbers who lived along the coast.