Pirates have captured the imagination of millions for centuries. Tales of Long John Silver and Blackbeard are the stuff of legend and the recent movies series Pirates of the Caribbean is simply the latest in a long tradition of buccaneering adventure stories.
But where did the classic image of the pirate come from? After all, piracy is as old as seafaring itself, but we never think of Roman or Classical Greek pirates… [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”5969″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”6721″ img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]What is known (somewhat idealistically) as the Golden Age of Piracy began in the late 17th century. It was enabled by a number of historical factors that allowed piracy to flourish. Firstly there were had been a number of wars in the preceding years that had caused European nations to build huge Navies and train many sea men. When these ended, many naval soldiers were out of work. Secondly the colonisation of the New World meant that there were huge amounts of space for pirates to operate in. And huge rewards as the Spanish were mining HUGE amounts of silver in their colonies in South America. In fact the famous pieces of eight were Spanish silver coins that were mined in huge quantities in Bolivia.
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