Apart from being recorded in many books of history, his name is found in the archives of Great Britain. The early accounts of the leadership of then Southern and Northern Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania also documented about Blackbeard. Preceding 1976, not much information is known about him, contrasting his overdramatic death which well known. Probably, it is due to his sea robbery activities which made him to live a more secretive life. 1 1Parry, Dan.
The first recorded occurrence of piracy was as early as the 14th century where Sea Peoples threatened the Aegean and Mediterranean voyages. When the great Roman Emperor Julius Ceaser was on a voyage in the Aegean Sea, he was captured by Cilician pirates. The ransom amount paid to release him was almost fifty talents of gold. After his release, he raised a fleet, killed the pirates who captured him. The famous Irish saint St. Patrick was captured and enslaved by Irish pirates arou... ... middle of paper ... ...els, and even cruise ships and private yachts.
and Classical (500-320 B.C.) periods. The pirates intercepted ships attempting to trade goods across the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea. The Aegean contained plenty of small islands which were used by pirates as safe havens. In fact, the term pirate originated from the Greek word “peirato”, which referred to people who tried to attack without authority.
His real name was Edward Teach and he was born in the 1680’s. When Edward was a young sailor he had severed on a British privateer (a legalized pirate) in Jamaica. His mission was to attack French and Spanish ships during the Spanish war (he was allowed to keep the stuff he found). When the war ended in 1813, Edward was experienced in the art of sea robbing. Like a lot of previous privateers, he decided to be a pirate.
Pirates are sea robbers who prey on other ships and rob them of their goods and sometimes capture the ship itself for their own purposes. Piracy began over 2000 years ago in Ancient Greece, when sea robbers threatened the trading routes of the Greek Empire. Since then, this threat has continued amongst seafaring nations until the birth of regular navies. Roman ships were attacked by pirates who seized their cargoes of grain, and olive oil. The Vikings (which means sea-raider) were renowned for attacking shipping and coastal settlements.
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).
The technology of the time wouldn’t have been able to distinguish between human and animal blood. The lack of forensic tests would also make it difficult to prove conclusively if two or more crimes had been committed by the same person. These limits were partly because of the bungling police work. Normally the police did not investigate cases like this under as much pressure. They only investigated this case because the rich had become concerned over the plight of the poor, as did the press.
Yet, because the act continues at sea often far from land, it gains little media attention, and therefore less action from governments. China, despite being a number one producer of pirates, continues to deny that there is a problem while at the same time often pardoning those who are caught. Countries such as Indonesia and Philippines, which have been hardest hit in the past few years by pirates, are looking for international assistance. The West is, of course, looked to for solutions yet choose seemingly chooses to turn a blind eye, perhaps in the name of diplomacy. When the world is ready to combat the perpetual problem of piracy, it may discover that by intertwining tougher policies aimed at dealing with piracy with current or future trade negotiations, productive steps can be taken to initiate plans to curtail modern day sea wolves who prey on the helpless.
By sanctioning piracy through the use of privateering, England effectively chipped away at Spain's hold and newfound wealth in the New World. However, by supporting and funding acts of piracy by men such as John Hawkins, Sir Francis Drake and Henry Morgan, the English encouraged others to set off in search of fame and fortunes which most of time, these men turned to criminality. But with a newfound desire of peace, England cut off its ties with its former employees thus leading to the golden age of piracy; where any vessel and coastal town was considered fair game for plundering. Thus England spent countless resources and years trying to recapture the seas and close the Pandora's Box they helped open.
2000 years ago, the first ocean raiders attacked Greek trade routes. They stole goods, valuables, and even the entire ship if they felt it was useful. As commerce by waterways became more popular, so did the piracy trend. The period from 1620 to 1720 is more commonly known as the Golden Age of piracy (“Piracy.” A Brief History of Piracy). It was at this time that nations began writing letters of marque.