Now I need to be clear on what this will, and will not be. It will not be a historical or even semi-historical based campaign nor setting. No England, no France, and no Caribbean based buccaneers.
Instead I want to use the historical facts to create a "toy box" for you to use and be inspired to create your own thing. So weapons, backgrounds, ideas, suggestions and feel? Yes sir in spades. I am even looking at doing a simple sandbox setting as part of it to show you how a fantasy swashbuckler setting could work in HOW.
I think history, movies and novels provides all sorts of great historical based background already so I am using it as a springboard, not a frame.
Everything I write or create for HOW, is what I would want to personally read and/or use. That may or may not equal success let alone likability, but it will in the end be work I will enjoy and hope will be fun for you.