Arabian coins found in US may unlock 17th-century pirate mystery

Discovery may explain escape of Capt Henry Every after murderous raid on Indian emperor’s ship

A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in the US state of Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet’s oldest cold cases.

The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the world’s most-wanted criminal after plundering a ship carrying Muslim pilgrims home to India from Mecca, then eluded capture by posing as a slave trader.

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