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Real pirates were better than in movies, more daring and terrifying and cunning than any screenwriter could imagine. They operated during the Golden Age of Piracy, from to You want to meet them? Here are seven things you never knew about pirates.
Who became a pirate and what was life like for them? Step into the world of pirates in the classic age of piracy. A pirate is a robber who travels by water.
Though most pirates targeted ships, some also launched attacks on coastal towns. We often think of pirates as swashbuckling and daring or evil and brutish, but in actual fact most of them were ordinary people who had been forced to turn to criminal activity to make ends meet.
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Regions of the Indian Ocean and Madagascar were often safe places for pirates to stay, outside of the law and state governance. Pirates have existed since ancient times. They threatened the trading routes of ancient Greece, and seized cargoes of grain Sweet wives want nsa Tucker olive oil from Roman ships.
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Later, the most famous and far-reaching pirates in early Middle Ages Europe were the Vikings. The Treaty of Tordesillas meant that the lands discovered by Christopher Columbus were divided between Spain and Portugal. They were ruled under Spanish and Catholic law. They decided to do something about it. She sanctioned civilian sailors to attack Spanish ships, steal cargo and bring it back. Whilst this might have appeared to piracy to the outside world, to the British it made you a hero — such as Sir Francis Drake. Thousands of pirates were active from — These years are sometimes known as a 'Golden Age' of piracy.
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Newspapers could be freely read in coffee houses for the price of a dish of coffee. There was a spectrum of opinion about the exploits of the more notorious pirates. Published images often showed them as powerful and well dressed.
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Some historians have described pirate ships as the original republics. Pirate captains had to be elected, with all decisions made upon the basis that they benefitted the crew. Any money that Looking for extra big dick captured was shared equally amongst the crew. Pirate crews tended to be less divided by national, religious and racial differences than communities were on land.
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There was however also tough discipline on board. If you failed to follow the rules, you could be flogged, killed, or marooned. There were also long periods without food or medical supplies, and the only option was to go Bottom boy needs big chubby beefy top daddy. Although more British pirates were born in London than other seaports, there is no doubt that the most famous pirates were born elsewhere:.
The most precious prizes were chests of gold, silver and jewels.
Coins were especially popular because pirate crews could share them out easily. Emeralds and pearls were the commonest gems from America, providing rich plunder.
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However, pirates did not only seize precious cargoes like these. They also wanted things they could use, such as food, barrels of wine and brandy, sails, anchors and other spare equipment for their ships. Things as simple as flour and medicine were treasured steals.
Often pirates were just trying to find the necessities of life. Pirate ships usually carried far more crew than ordinary ships of a similar size.
This meant they could easily out their victims. Pirates altered their ships so that they could carry far more cannon than merchant ships of the same size. Stories about pirate brutality meant that many of the most famous pirates had a terrifying reputation, and they advertised this by flying various gruesome flags including the 'Jolly Roger' with its Singleton padre married women of skull and crossbones.
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All these things together meant that victims often surrendered very quickly. Sometimes there was no fighting at all. Who were the real pirates of the Caribbean?
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