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    between Privateer and Pirate. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), famous American founding father used British politics and laws in an effort to break America from British rule. In 1779, Franklin, an elderly man of seventy-three traveled across the Atlantic from America to France to seek aid and assistance from France in an effort to break from the British empirical rule over America. Franklin’s original goal of money and aid to America changed during his time in France upon receiving letters from American prisoners of war, ill-treated and dying in British prisons. The American prisoner’s outlook on life become dire after Parliament voted in 1777 to deny them legal rights traditionally granted to prisoners of war. Upon the…

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    man’s early life is known a little. During his death, it was discovered that he had some written letters in his pocket which acknowledge us that he could read and write. We can get the evidence of him belonging to a wealthy family who was able to give him the education. At an early age, young Edward went to the sea and began his career by serving on privateers sailing during the war of the Spanish succession which occurred between 1701-1713. Not only this but also, he worked in a Jamaican ship…

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    In the video, it claims for treasure and riches to be a reason for piracy, however it is not the whole truth (Pirates, Galleons and Treasure, 2007). Some pirates where previously privateers and as peace began, “old habits die hard” as quoted in “Pirates, Galleons and Treasure” (2007). This quote is not necessarily true, in fact most people became pirates because of the better circumstances it provided (The Golden Age, 2016). Joining a pirate ship meant getting better pay, health insurance, and…

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    When people think of pirates they think often think of the phrases; Avast! Walk the plank! Me hearty! and most famously Aargh! Truthfully though pirates did not often say any of these phrases, well except for maybe aargh, this is just how the media, and pop culture has portrayed pirates. Real pirates are nothing like what we see in most forms of media, that is except for the case of the game; Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. Black Flag very accurately depicts the lives of pirates during the…

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    It was six years later, during the Seven Years’ War that Bermudian privateers found themselves again trying to bolster Britain’s naval forces. As previously mentioned, the relations between France and Britain after the War of Austrian Succession were far from affable and shifting loyalties amidst the nations of Europe eventually sparked the powder keg of war. The Seven Years War in particular was hugely important in terms of British Maritime power. “Control of the sea was instrumental to the…

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    or where privateering originated. However, historians say that in the 15th century when piracy became a major problem in areas like Bristol, England, residents of coastal cities began to resort to self-help by arming ships at their own expense, so it has been generally decided that these ships were the first privateers. 2 This caused a great deal of reform in naval strategy. These armed ships filled the need for protection that the current authority was unable to provide because it lacked an…

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    The dictionary defines a rogue as “a dishonest or unprincipled man,” (dictionary) and a hero as “a person noted for courageous acts of nobility or character.” (dictionary) The name Jean Lafitte is associated with both of these epithets and stirs a mixture of emotions and reactions in many people. Some describe Lafitte as “The Terror of The Gulf,” while others construe him as “The Hero of New Orleans.” To most, he was known as one of the last pirates of the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout his life,…

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    happened on those ships. Piracy was an epoch in the history of civilizations and it too had a Golden Period. The Golden Period of Piracy lasted from mid-1650 to mid-1720s but it started when the Pope divided the New World between Spain and Portugal in 1494. The rulers of the European nations wanted to get their hands on the treasure of the Aztecs, the native South Americans. In order to do so they issued a ‘letter of marque’ that acted as a deal with ship owners giving them the right to attack…

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    Sir Francis Drake: Professional Pirate Thesis: Sir Francis Drake was a successful man who was willing to do anything to accomplish his goals. Drake’s Occupations 1560s slave voyages to Africa 1570-1573 pirated Spanish settlements in the Caribbean 1580 received privateer license from Queen Elizabeth 1581-1585 mayor of plymouth colony 1585-1588 chief naval advisor during the war against Spain Drake’s inspiration for choosing a career of privateering 1567 attacked at San Juan de Ulua by the…

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    ship was nearly absolute. Crewmen could be whipped by a cruel captain for the least offense. In 1630 a treaty was signed with Spain that allowed the English and French to colonize some of the lands along the Spanish Main. Many of the European settlers wound up on the island of Hispaniola. One of the main sources of food on the island was wild pigs originally introduced by the Spanish. The pirates of the golden age wore short and buttoned jackets trousers and breeches of different styles and…

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