Essay on Pirates: Piracy and Golden Age
Golden Age Pirates vs. Modern Day Pirates
Piracy has been around before the time of the pyramids. Once merchant ship began to deliver goods to other countries, others realized the financial gain that could be made by stealing those goods and selling them themselves. Pirates have ruled the seas at different times. Once Europeans settled in the American colonies, pirates plundered towns along the coast and attacked almost every ship they came in contact with. During the 18th century, wars gave rise to privateering; a legal form of piracy. But, after the War of 1812, this was no longer tolerated. Government put an end to most piracy but, today there are still pirates. By comparing the pirates …show more content…
Golden Age pirates attacked any ship that crossed their path, “crime of opportunity”. Today’s pirates plan their attacks and select victims before they even leave shore.
“The truth is that modern piracy is a violent, bloody, ruthless practice… made the more fearsome by the knowledge on the part of the victims that they are on their own and absolutely defenseless and that no help is waiting round the corner” Captain Jayant