Since piracy interrupts trade between nations it has been considered to be an offense against international law (“Piracy” 1). While the pirates in the medieval age roamed for plunder on the high seas, pirate radio and television stations broadcast, unauthorized software pirates copy to save money and even if one form vanished, another would soon take its place. Although the roots of piracy go as far as 102 BC the true sea pirates golden age was between the time periods of the very late 1600’s and the year of 1923 when almost all pirates suddenly disappeared. Pirates attacked the Romans as early as 100 BC. This was not as rough as the future pirates would be, but the idealism of piracy was present.
These were the names of pirates that dominated the seas during the 1600’s and 1700’s, a time known as the “Golden Age of Piracy.” However, one of the greatest pirates of all time was the great Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard. He terrorized the seas for most of his gruesome life during this era. The “Golden Age of Piracy” marked a time when sea travel was unsafe for everyone, with Blackbeard being one of the lead factors. The history of piracy dates back more than 3000 years. “It appears that the word pirate (peirato) was first used in about 140 BC by the Roman historian Polybius.
Edward Teach or most commonly known as Blackbeard was one of the most fearsome and famous pirate of all time even though he was only a pirate for 2 years. He was born in the 1680’s and died on the 22 of November 1718 so he was only 38 years of age. He was thought to be born in Bristol England and was a sailor on the privateer’s ships during Queen Anne’s war. He battled Spain and France before stealing, murdering and living life on the sea as a pirate. He spent most of his time as a pirate raging up and down the coasts of the USA looting cargo ships and attacking boats in the harbour.
The property-seeking vagabonds would hijack a ship, take what they wanted and either leave the crew to their own means in a damaged vessel or alternatively, enslave them and possibly use them for bartering later. Adam Smith when writing, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, was all too aware of the threat that pirates were still having on trade in 1776. Smith was logical in his assumption that the state should strive to protect the trade industry whenever possible, especially since in those days the sun never set on the British flag and England ruled the seas. Although Britain cannot be blamed though for lack of trying, piracy still exists today. Yet, because the act continues at sea often far from land, it gains little media attention, and therefore less action from governments.
Throughout the centurys afterwards pirates terrorized much of the middle east and europe in countrys such as Scandinavia and Rome. Around 80 B.C. ports around Rome and Greece started catching on to the pira... ... middle of paper ... ... and Bartholomew Roberts were caught by the british navy and executed or killed in battle. Captain Chaloner Ogle of the HMS Swallow cornered Bartholomew Roberts in 1722 at Cape Lopez, and a fatal broadside from the Swallow killed the pirate captain instantly. This shocked all pirates as well as the navy as he was thought to be unkillable.
Therefore, creating a culture were illegal activities such as piracy was for most the only viable economic path to survive, and improve their current social, political and economic status. Piracy was well established in the West Indies, before the English started to colonize the New World. France was the first nation to employ corsairs to raid Spanish holdings in the Caribbean during the wars between Francis the 1st and Charles V. France and other nations such as England would hire privateers by o... ... middle of paper ... ...ble the English to pursue and hang the rogues of the sea effectively. The English government made piracy into what it is now known in fables and stories today. By sanctioning piracy through the use of privateering, England effectively chipped away at Spain's hold and newfound wealth in the New World.
Laws were made in an attempt to make pirates give up the profession voluntarily (Lane 126). For the most part this worked, but there are many cases of raids and such after. The effect that piracy held on trade and the Spanish Empire was over after the sufficient damage that it caused. Damage that was highly influential in shaping the Caribbean and the Empires of Europe into what they are. Works Cited Kelsey, Harry.
The act of piracy was a crime on the seas. For over 2,500 years pirates lurked along trading routes, ready to attack merchant ships (Lock 8). Some pirates were stealers, while others were famous for behaving unusually. The most famous were the ones whose names could strike fear into the hearts of all who heard the name (Mason 26). But during the 1800's was when Pirates were seen as monsters in human form (Mason 4).
Slavery in the Caribbean The beginning of slavery in the Caribbean can be traced back to the emergence of piracy in the 16th and 17th centuries. This eventually led to the promotion of slave trading and sugar plantations. While enslaved on the sugar plantations, slaves were treated very poorly. Plantation owners treated their slaves so poorly that most were undernourished and diseased. Slaves were even forced to work on their "spare" time to provide for their own needs.
His ship that is most commonly known was called Queen Anne’s Revenge (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”). They captured this ship in 1716 and sailed it for two years (“Pirate Shipwrecks”). For the two years they ... ... middle of paper ... .... Because of the awful things he did and his fierceness, the legend of Blackbeard is still known today and won’t be easily forgotten. Works Cited "Blackbeard, Edward Teach, Blackbeard the Pirate." Blackbeard, Edward Teach, Blackbeard the Pirate.