http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPlpphT7n9sThat is a link to a video put on YouTube that is all about how English was pronounced around the time of Shakespeare. It uses Shakespeare's plays as an example to illustrate how English sounded back then. I found it extremely fascinating. English was not the non-rhotic language that it is today. "R"s were regularly pronounced. In my opinion, it almost sounds like the "pirate" accent that we hear today in swashbuckling movies haha! I hope you enjoy it. :)
Many of the pirates of the "Golden Age of Pirates" were either from Essex region or south London. Many of them were supporters of the House of Stuart over the House of Hanover - hence why that type of pirate activity exploded in the early 1700's.So when folks do the "talk like a pirate" thing, with all the ARGHS!!, it is not pirates they are imitating, but modern attempt to mimic that sort of accent from that portion of England, by sea farers of the time, particularly in the Caribbean.