The Golden Age of Piracy

Though maritime piracy has been documented since at least the 14th century BC, the pirates that have proven the most influential on the popular imagination are those that came to prominence during the so-called 'Golden Age', a period between the mid 17th century and early 18th century. These violent criminals, slavers and state-sanctioned thieves exploited the expansion of imperial commerce to make their fortunes.

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    8 Famous Pirates from the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’

    8 Famous Pirates from the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’

    The period in America from 1689 to 1718 is widely regarded as the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’. As shipping across the Atlantic and in the Caribbean …

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