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Piracy
Piracy
is an act of robbery or criminal violence by ship or boat-borne attackers upon another ship or a coastal area, typically with the goal of stealing cargo and other valuable items or properties. Those who engage in acts of piracy are called pirates. The earliest documented instances of piracy were in the 14th century BC, when the Sea Peoples, a group of ocean raiders, attacked the ships of the Aegean and Mediterranean
Mediterranean
civilizations. Narrow channels which funnel shipping into predictable routes have long created opportunities for piracy,[1] as well as for privateering and commerce raiding. Historic examples include the waters of Gibraltar, the Strait of Malacca, Madagascar, the Gulf of Aden, and the English Channel, whose geographic structures facilitated pirate attacks.[2] A land-based parallel is the ambushing of travelers by bandits and brigands in highways and mountain passes.[3] Privateering uses similar methods to piracy, but the captain acts under orders of the state authorizing the capture of merchant ships belonging to an enemy nation, making it a legitimate form of war-like activity by non-state actors.[4] While the term can include acts committed in the air, on land (especially across national borders or in connection with taking over and robbing a car or train), or in other major bodies of water or on a shore, this article focuses on maritime piracy. It does not normally include crimes committed against people traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator (e.g. one passenger stealing from others on the same vessel). Piracy
Piracy
or pirating is the name of a specific crime under customary international law and also the name of a number of crimes under the municipal law of a number of states. In the early 21st century, seaborne piracy against transport vessels remains a significant issue (with estimated worldwide losses of US$16 billion per year in 2007),[5][6] particularly in the waters between the Red Sea
Red Sea
and Indian Ocean, off the Somali coast, and also in the Strait of Malacca
Strait of Malacca
and Singapore. Today, pirates armed with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades use small motorboats to attack and board ships, a tactic that takes advantage of the small number of crew members on modern cargo vessels and transport ships. They also use larger vessels, known as "mother ships", to supply the smaller motorboats. The international community is facing many challenges in bringing modern pirates to justice, as these attacks often occur in international waters.[7] Some nations have used their naval forces to protect private ships from pirate attacks and to pursue pirates, and some private vessels use armed security guards, high-pressure hoses or sound cannons to repel boarders, and use radar to avoid potential threats.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Europe and North Africa

2.1.1 Antiquity 2.1.2 Middle Ages 2.1.3 Mediterranean
Mediterranean
corsairs

2.2 Africa 2.3 Asia 2.4 Persian Gulf 2.5 The Caribbean 2.6 North America

3 Culture and social structure

3.1 Rewards 3.2 Loot 3.3 Punishment 3.4 Role of women 3.5 Democracy
Democracy
among Caribbean
Caribbean
pirates 3.6 Pirate
Pirate
Code

4 Known pirate shipwrecks 5 Privateers 6 Commerce raiders 7 1990s–2010s 8 Anti-piracy measures

8.1 Self-defense 8.2 Self protection measures 8.3 Patrol

9 Legal aspects

9.1 United Kingdom laws 9.2 United States laws 9.3 International law

9.3.1 Effects on international boundaries 9.3.2 Law of nations 9.3.3 International conventions

9.3.3.1 Articles 101 to 103 of UNCLOS 9.3.3.2 IMB definition 9.3.3.3 Uniformity in Maritime Piracy
Piracy
Law

10 Cultural perceptions 11 Economics of piracy

11.1 Piracy
Piracy
and entrepreneurship

12 See also 13 References

13.1 Notes 13.2 Bibliography

14 Further reading 15 External links

Etymology The English "pirate" is derived from the Latin
Latin
term pirata ("sailor, corsair, sea robber") and that from Greek πειρατής (peiratēs), "brigand",[8] in turn from πειράομαι (peiráomai), "I attempt", from πεῖρα (peîra), "attempt, experience".[9] The meaning of the Greek word peiratēs literally is "one who attacks (ships)".[10] The word is also cognate to peril.[10] The term is first attested in English to c. 1300.[10] Spelling was not standardised until the eighteenth century, and spellings such as "pirrot", "pyrate" and "pyrat" were used until this period.[11][12] History It may be reasonable to assume that piracy has existed for as long as the oceans were plied for commerce.[13] Europe and North Africa Antiquity Further information: Ancient Mediterranean
Mediterranean
piracy

Mosaic of a Roman trireme in Tunisia

The earliest documented instances of piracy are the exploits of the Sea Peoples
Sea Peoples
who threatened the ships sailing in the Aegean and Mediterranean
Mediterranean
waters in the 14th century BC. In classical antiquity, the Phoenicians, Illyrians
Illyrians
and Tyrrhenians were known as pirates. In the pre-classical era, the ancient Greeks condoned piracy as a viable profession; it apparently was widespread and "regarded as an entirely honourable way of making a living".[14] References are made to its perfectly normal occurrence many texts including in Homer's Iliad
Iliad
and Odyssey, and abduction of women and children to be sold into slavery was common. By the era of Classical Greece, piracy was looked upon as a "disgrace" to have as a profession.[14][15] In the 3rd century BC, pirate attacks on Olympos (city in Anatolia) brought impoverishment. Among some of the most famous ancient pirateering peoples were the Illyrians, a people populating the western Balkan peninsula. Constantly raiding the Adriatic Sea, the Illyrians
Illyrians
caused many conflicts with the Roman Republic. It was not until 229 BC when the Romans finally decisively beat the Illyrian fleets that their threat was ended.[16] During the 1st century BC, there were pirate states along the Anatolian coast, threatening the commerce of the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
in the eastern Mediterranean. On one voyage across the Aegean Sea
Aegean Sea
in 75 BC,[17] Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
was kidnapped and briefly held by Cilician
Cilician
pirates and held prisoner in the Dodecanese
Dodecanese
islet of Pharmacusa.[18] The Senate finally invested the general Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus with powers to deal with piracy in 67 BC (the Lex Gabinia), and Pompey, after three months of naval warfare, managed to suppress the threat. As early as 258 AD, the Gothic-Herulic fleet ravaged towns on the coasts of the Black Sea
Black Sea
and Sea of Marmara. The Aegean coast suffered similar attacks a few years later. In 264, the Goths
Goths
reached Galatia and Cappadocia, and Gothic pirates landed on Cyprus and Crete. In the process, the Goths
Goths
seized enormous booty and took thousands into captivity.[citation needed] In 286 AD, Carausius, a Roman military commander of Gaulish origins, was appointed to command the Classis Britannica, and given the responsibility of eliminating Frankish and Saxon pirates who had been raiding the coasts of Armorica and Belgic Gaul. In the Roman province of Britannia, Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
was captured and enslaved by Irish pirates. Middle Ages

A fleet of Vikings, painted mid-12th century

The most widely known and far-reaching pirates in medieval Europe were the Vikings, seaborne warriors from Scandinavia
Scandinavia
who raided and looted mainly between the 8th and 12th centuries, during the Viking Age
Viking Age
in the Early Middle Ages. They raided the coasts, rivers and inland cities of all Western Europe as far as Seville, which was attacked by the Norse in 844. Vikings
Vikings
also attacked the coasts of North Africa and Italy and plundered all the coasts of the Baltic Sea. Some Vikings ascending the rivers of Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe
as far as the Black Sea
Black Sea
and Persia. The lack of centralized powers all over Europe during the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
enabled pirates to attack ships and coastal areas all over the continent.[vague][citation needed] In the Late Middle Ages, the Frisian pirates known as Arumer Zwarte Hoop led by Pier Gerlofs Donia
Pier Gerlofs Donia
and Wijerd Jelckama, fought against the troops of the Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V with some success. Toward the end of the 9th century, Moorish pirate havens were established along the coast of southern France
France
and northern Italy.[19] In 846 Moor raiders sacked the extra muros Basilicas of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Rome. In 911, the bishop of Narbonne
Narbonne
was unable to return to France
France
from Rome because the Moors from Fraxinet
Fraxinet
controlled all the passes in the Alps. Moor pirates operated out of the Balearic Islands in the 10th century. From 824 to 961 Arab
Arab
pirates in the Emirate of Crete
Crete
raided the entire Mediterranean. In the 14th century, raids by Moor pirates forced the Venetian Duke of Crete
Crete
to ask Venice to keep its fleet on constant guard.[citation needed] After the Slavic invasions of the former Roman province of Dalmatia
Roman province of Dalmatia
in the 5th and 6th centuries, a tribe called the Narentines
Narentines
revived the old Illyrian piratical habits and often raided the Adriatic Sea starting in the 7th century. By 642 they invaded southern Italy and assaulted Siponto. Their raids in the Adriatic increased rapidly, until the whole Sea was no longer safe for travel. The Narentines
Narentines
took more liberties in their raiding quests while the Venetian Navy was abroad, as when it was campaigning in Sicilian waters in 827–882. As soon as the Venetian fleet would return to the Adriatic, the Narentines
Narentines
temporarily abandoned their habits again, even signing a Treaty in Venice and baptising their Slavic pagan leader into Christianity. In 834 or 835 they broke the treaty and again they raided Venetian traders returning from Benevento, and all of Venice's military attempts to punish them in 839 and 840 utterly failed. Later, they raided the Venetians more often, together with the Arabs. In 846, the Narentines
Narentines
broke through to Venice itself and raided its lagoon city of Caorle. In the middle of March 870 they kidnapped the Roman Bishop's emissaries that were returning from the Ecclesiastical Council in Constantinople. This caused a Byzantine military action against them that finally brought Christianity to them. After the Arab
Arab
raids on the Adriatic coast
Adriatic coast
circa 872 and the retreat of the Imperial Navy, the Narentines
Narentines
continued their raids of Venetian waters, causing new conflicts with the Italians in 887–888. The Venetians futilely continued to fight them throughout the 10th and 11th centuries.

The Vitalienbrüder. Piracy
Piracy
became endemic in the Baltic sea
Baltic sea
in the Middle Ages.

In 937, Irish pirates sided with the Scots, Vikings, Picts, and Welsh in their invasion of England. Athelstan
Athelstan
drove them back. The Slavic piracy in the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
ended with the Danish conquest of the Rani stronghold of Arkona in 1168. In the 12th century the coasts of western Scandinavia
Scandinavia
were plundered by Curonians
Curonians
and Oeselians
Oeselians
from the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. In the 13th and 14th century, pirates threatened the Hanseatic routes and nearly brought sea trade to the brink of extinction. The Victual Brothers
Victual Brothers
of Gotland
Gotland
were a companionship of privateers who later turned to piracy as the Likedeelers. They were especially noted for their leaders Klaus Störtebeker and Gödeke Michels. Until about 1440, maritime trade in both the North Sea
North Sea
and the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
was seriously in danger of attack by the pirates. H. Thomas Milhorn mentions a certain Englishman named William Maurice, convicted of piracy in 1241, as the first person known to have been hanged, drawn and quartered,[20] which would indicate that the then-ruling King Henry III took an especially severe view of this crime. The ushkuiniks were Novgorodian pirates who looted the cities on the Volga
Volga
and Kama
Kama
Rivers in the 14th century.

"Cossaks of Azov fighting a Turk ship" by Grigory Gagarin

As early as Byzantine times, the Maniots
Maniots
(one of Greece's toughest populations) were known as pirates. The Maniots
Maniots
considered piracy as a legitimate response to the fact that their land was poor and it became their main source of income. The main victims of Maniot pirates were the Ottomans but the Maniots
Maniots
also targeted ships of European countries. Zaporizhian Sich
Zaporizhian Sich
was a pirate republic in Europe from the 16th through to the 18th century. Situated in Cossack territory in the remote steppe of Eastern Europe, it was populated with Ukrainian peasants that had run away from their feudal masters, outlaws, destitute gentry, run-away slaves from Turkish galleys, etc. The remoteness of the place and the rapids at the Dnepr
Dnepr
river effectively guarded the place from invasions of vengeful powers. The main target of the inhabitants of Zaporizhian Sich
Zaporizhian Sich
who called themselves "Cossacks" were rich settlements at the Black Sea
Black Sea
shores of Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and Crimean Khanate.[citation needed] By 1615 and 1625, Zaporozhian Cossacks
Cossacks
had even managed to raze townships on the outskirts of Istanbul, forcing the Ottoman Sultan
Ottoman Sultan
to flee his palace.[citation needed] Don Cossacks under Stenka Razin
Stenka Razin
even ravaged the Persian coasts.[21][unreliable source?] Mediterranean
Mediterranean
corsairs See also: Barbary corsairs

French ship under attack by Barbary pirates, ca. 1615

Though less famous and romanticized than Atlantic or Caribbean pirates, corsairs in the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
equaled or outnumbered the former at any given point in history.[22] Mediterranean
Mediterranean
piracy was conducted almost entirely with galleys until the mid-17th century, when they were gradually replaced with highly maneuverable sailing vessels such as xebecs and brigantines. They were, however, of a smaller type than battle galleys, often referred to as galiots or fustas.[23] Pirate
Pirate
galleys were small, nimble, lightly armed, but often heavily manned in order to overwhelm the often minimal crews of merchant ships. In general, pirate craft were extremely difficult for patrolling craft to actually hunt down and capture. Anne Hilarion de Tourville, a French admiral of the 17th century, believed that the only way to run down raiders from the infamous corsair Moroccan port of Salé
Salé
was by using a captured pirate vessel of the same type.[24] Using oared vessels to combat pirates was common, and was even practiced by the major powers in the Caribbean. Purpose-built galleys (or hybrid sailing vessels) were built by the English in Jamaica in 1683[25] and by the Spanish in the late 16th century.[26] Specially-built sailing frigates with oar-ports on the lower decks, like the James Galley and Charles Galley, and oar-equipped sloops proved highly useful for pirate hunting, though they were not built in sufficient numbers to check piracy until the 1720s.[27] The expansion of Muslim power through the Ottoman conquest of large parts of the eastern Mediterranean
Mediterranean
in the 15th and 16th century resulted in extensive piracy on sea trading. The so-called Barbary corsairs began to operate out of North African ports in Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, Morocco
Morocco
around 1500, preying primarily on the shipping of Christian powers, including massive slave raids at sea as well as on land. The Barbary corsairs
Barbary corsairs
were nominally under Ottoman suzerainty, but had considerable independence to prey on the enemies of Islam. The Muslim corsairs were technically often privateers with support from legitimate, though highly belligerent, states. They considered themselves as holy Muslim warriors, or ghazis,[28] carrying on the tradition of fighting the incursion of Western Christians that had begun with the First Crusade
First Crusade
late in the 11th century.[29]

The Bombardment of Algiers
Algiers
by the Anglo-Dutch fleet in 1816 to support the ultimatum to release European slaves

Coastal villages and towns of Italy, Spain
Spain
and islands in the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
were frequently attacked by Muslim corsairs and long stretches of the Italian and Spanish coasts were almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants; after 1600 the Barbary corsairs occasionally entered the Atlantic and struck as far north as Iceland. According to Robert Davis between 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were captured by Barbary corsairs
Barbary corsairs
and sold as slaves in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
between the 16th and 19th centuries. The most famous corsairs were the Ottoman Hayreddin and his older brother Oruç Reis
Oruç Reis
(Redbeard), Turgut Reis
Turgut Reis
(known as Dragut in the West), Kurtoglu (known as Curtogoli in the West), Kemal Reis, Salih Reis
Salih Reis
and Koca Murat Reis. A few Barbary corsairs, such as the Dutch Jan Janszoon
Jan Janszoon
and the English John Ward (Muslim name Yusuf Reis), were renegade European privateers who had converted to Islam.[30][31] The Barbary corsairs
Barbary corsairs
had a direct Christian counterpart in the military order of the Knights of Saint John
Knights of Saint John
that operated out first out of Rhodes
Rhodes
and after 1530 Malta), though they were less numerous and took fewer slaves. Both sides waged war against the respective enemies of their faith, and both used galleys as their primary weapons. Both sides also used captured or bought galley slaves to man the oars of their ships; the Muslims relying mostly on captured Christians, the Christians using a mix of Muslim slaves, Christian convicts and a small contingency of buonavoglie, free men who out of desperation or poverty had taken to rowing.[29] Historian Peter Earle has described the two sides of the Christian-Muslim Mediterranean
Mediterranean
conflict as "mirror image[s] of maritime predation, two businesslike fleets of plunderers set against each other".[32] This conflict of faith in the form of privateering, piracy and slave raiding generated a complex system that was upheld/financed/operated on the trade in plunder and slaves that was generated from a low-intensive conflict, as well as the need for protection from violence. The system has been described as a "massive, multinational protection racket",[33] the Christian side of which was not ended until 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars. The Barbary corsairs
Barbary corsairs
were finally quelled as late as the 1830s, effectively ending the last vestiges of counter-crusading jihad.[34]

Amaro Pargo was one of the most famous corsairs of the Golden Age of Piracy

Piracy
Piracy
off the Barbary coast
Barbary coast
was often assisted by competition among European powers in the 17th century. France
France
encouraged the corsairs against Spain, and later Britain and Holland supported them against France. However, by the second half of the 17th century the greater European naval powers began to initiate reprisals to intimidate the Barbary States into making peace with them. The most successful of the Christian states in dealing with the corsair threat was England.[citation needed] From the 1630s onwards England
England
had signed peace treaties with the Barbary States on various occasions, but invariably breaches of these agreements led to renewed wars. A particular bone of contention was the tendency of foreign ships to pose as English to avoid attack. However, growing English naval power and increasingly persistent operations against the corsairs proved increasingly costly for the Barbary States. During the reign of Charles II a series of English expeditions won victories over raiding squadrons and mounted attacks on their home ports which permanently ended the Barbary threat to English shipping. In 1675 a bombardment from a Royal Navy
Royal Navy
squadron led by Sir John Narborough
John Narborough
and further defeats at the hands of a squadron under Arthur Herbert negotiated a lasting peace (until 1816) with Tunis and Tripoli.[citation needed] France, which had recently emerged as a leading naval power, achieved comparable success soon afterwards, with bombardments of Algiers
Algiers
in 1682, 1683 and 1688 securing a lasting peace, while Tripoli was similarly coerced in 1686. In 1783 and 1784 the Spaniards also bombarded Algiers
Algiers
in an effort to stem the piracy. The second time, Admiral
Admiral
Barceló damaged the city so severely that the Algerian Dey asked Spain
Spain
to negotiate a peace treaty and from then on Spanish vessels and coasts were safe for several years. Until the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, British treaties with the North African states protected American ships from the Barbary corsairs. Morocco, which in 1777 was the first independent nation to publicly recognize the United States, became in 1784 the first Barbary power to seize an American vessel after independence. While the United States managed to secure peace treaties, these obliged it to pay tribute for protection from attack. Payments in ransom and tribute to the Barbary states
Barbary states
amounted to 20% of United States government annual expenditures in 1800,[35] leading to the Barbary Wars
Barbary Wars
that ended the payment of tribute. However, Algiers
Algiers
broke the 1805 peace treaty after only two years, and subsequently refused to implement the 1815 treaty until compelled to do so by Britain in 1816. In 1815, the sacking of Palma on the island of Sardinia
Sardinia
by a Tunisian squadron, which carried off 158 inhabitants, roused widespread indignation. Britain had by this time banned the slave trade and was seeking to induce other countries to do likewise. This led to complaints from states which were still vulnerable to the corsairs that Britain's enthusiasm for ending the trade in African slaves did not extend to stopping the enslavement of Europeans and Americans by the Barbary States.

U.S. naval officer Stephen Decatur
Stephen Decatur
boarding a Tripolitan gunboat during the First Barbary War, 1804

In order to neutralise this objection and further the anti-slavery campaign, in 1816 Lord Exmouth was sent to secure new concessions from Tripoli, Tunis, and Algiers, including a pledge to treat Christian captives in any future conflict as prisoners of war rather than slaves and the imposition of peace between Algiers
Algiers
and the kingdoms of Sardinia
Sardinia
and Sicily. On his first visit he negotiated satisfactory treaties and sailed for home. While he was negotiating, a number of Sardinian fishermen who had settled at Bona on the Tunisian coast were brutally treated without his knowledge. As Sardinians
Sardinians
they were technically under British protection and the government sent Exmouth back to secure reparation. On August 17, in combination with a Dutch squadron under Admiral
Admiral
Van de Capellen, he bombarded Algiers. Both Algiers
Algiers
and Tunis made fresh concessions as a result. However, securing uniform compliance with a total prohibition of slave-raiding, which was traditionally of central importance to the North African economy, presented difficulties beyond those faced in ending attacks on ships of individual nations, which had left slavers able to continue their accustomed way of life by preying on less well-protected peoples. Algiers
Algiers
subsequently renewed its slave-raiding, though on a smaller scale. Measures to be taken against the city's government were discussed at the Congress of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1818. In 1820 another British fleet under Admiral Sir Harry Neal again bombarded Algiers. Corsair activity based in Algiers
Algiers
did not entirely cease until its conquest by France
France
in 1830.[36] Africa At one point, there were nearly 1,000 pirates located in Madagascar.[37] Île Sainte-Marie
Île Sainte-Marie
was a popular base for pirates throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The most famous pirate utopia is that of the probably fictional Captain Misson and his pirate crew, who allegedly founded the free colony of Libertatia
Libertatia
in northern Madagascar in the late 17th century, until it was destroyed in a surprise attack by the island natives in 1694.[38] Asia

Sixteenth century Japanese pirate raids.

In East Asia
East Asia
by the ninth century, populations centered mostly around merchant activities in coastal Shandong and Jiangsu provinces. Wealthy benefactors, including Jang Bogo established Silla
Silla
Buddhist temples in the region. Jang Bogo had become incensed at the treatment of his fellow countrymen, who in the unstable milieu of late Tang often fell victim to coastal pirates or inland bandits. After returning to Silla around 825, and in possession of a formidable private fleet headquartered at Cheonghae (Wando), Jang Bogo petitioned the Silla king Heungdeok (r. 826–836) to establish a permanent maritime garrison to protect Silla
Silla
merchant activities in the Yellow Sea. Heungdeok agreed and in 828 formally established the Cheonghae (淸海, "clear sea") Garrison(청해진) at what is today Wando island off Korea's South Jeolla province. Heungdeok gave Jang an army of 10,000 men to establish and man the defensive works. The remnants of Cheonghae Garrison can still be seen on Jang islet just off Wando's southern coast. Jang's force, though nominally bequeathed by the Silla king, was effectively under his own control. Jang became arbiter of Yellow Sea
Yellow Sea
commerce and navigation.[39] From the 13th century, Wokou
Wokou
based in Japan made their debut in East Asia, initiating invasions that would persist for 300 years. The wokou raids peaked in the 1550s, but by then the wokou were mostly Chinese smugglers who reacted strongly against the Ming dynasty's strict prohibition on private sea trade.

Four Chinese pirates who were hanged in Hong Kong in 1863

In South East Asia,[40] piracy began with the retreating Mongol Yuan fleet after the betrayal by their Javanese allies (who, incidentally, would found the empire of Majapahit
Majapahit
after the Mongols left). They preferred the junk, a ship using a more robust sail layout. Marooned navy officers, consisting mostly of Cantonese and Hokkien tribesmen, set up their small gangs near river estuaries, mainly to protect themselves. They recruited locals as common foot-soldiers known as lang (Malay: lanun, meaning 'pirate') to set up their fortresses. They survived by utilizing their well trained pugilists, as well as marine and navigation skills, mostly along Sumatran and Javanese estuaries. Their strength and ferocity coincided with the impending trade growth of the maritime silk and spice routes. Pirates who accepted the Royal Pardon
Pardon
from the Chola Empire would get to serve in the Chola Navy
Chola Navy
as "Kallarani". They would be used as coast guards, or sent on recon missions to deal with Arab
Arab
piracy in the Arabian Sea. Their function is similar to the 18th century privateers, used by the Royal Navy. Starting in the 14th century, the Deccan (Southern Peninsular region of India) was divided into two entities: on the one side stood the Muslim Bahmani Sultanate
Bahmani Sultanate
and on the other stood the Hindu kings rallied around the Vijayanagara Empire. Continuous wars demanded frequent resupplies of fresh horses, which were imported through sea routes from Persia and Africa. This trade was subjected to frequent raids by thriving bands of pirates based in the coastal cities of Western India. One of such was Timoji, who operated off Anjadip Island both as a privateer (by seizing horse traders, that he rendered to the raja of Honavar) and as a pirate who attacked the Kerala
Kerala
merchant fleets that traded pepper with Gujarat.

Spanish warships bombarding the Moro Pirates
Moro Pirates
of the southern Philippines
Philippines
in 1848

During the 16th and 17th centuries, there was frequent European piracy against Mughal Indian merchants, especially those en route to Mecca for Hajj. The situation came to a head when the Portuguese attacked and captured the vessel Rahimi which belonged to Mariam Zamani
Mariam Zamani
the Mughal queen, which led to the Mughal seizure of the Portuguese town Daman.[41] In the 18th century, the famous Maratha privateer Kanhoji Angre ruled the seas between Mumbai and Goa.[42] The Marathas attacked British shipping and insisted that East India Company ships pay taxes if sailing through their waters.[43] The Bugis
Bugis
sailors of South Sulawesi
South Sulawesi
were infamous as pirates who used to range as far west as Singapore
Singapore
and as far north as the Philippines in search of targets for piracy.[44] The Orang laut
Orang laut
pirates controlled shipping in the Straits of Malacca
Straits of Malacca
and the waters around Singapore,[45] and the Malay and Sea Dayak pirates preyed on maritime shipping in the waters between Singapore
Singapore
and Hong Kong from their haven in Borneo.[46] The Moro pirates
Moro pirates
of the southern Philippines harassed Spanish shipping and terrorized Christian Filipino settlements. David P. Forsythe wrote: "Of particular significance in Southeast Asia were the incursions of Moro raiders in the southern Philippines
Philippines
who may have captured around 2 million slaves in the first two centuries of Spanish rule after 1565."[47] Pirates plagued the Tonkin Gulf area.[48][49] During the Qing
Qing
period, Chinese pirate fleets grew increasingly large. The effects large-scale piracy had on the Chinese economy were immense. They preyed voraciously on China's junk trade, which flourished in Fujian
Fujian
and Guangdong
Guangdong
and was a vital artery of Chinese commerce. Pirate
Pirate
fleets exercised hegemony over villages on the coast, collecting revenue by exacting tribute and running extortion rackets. In 1802, the menacing Zheng Yi inherited the fleet of his cousin, captain Zheng Qi, whose death provided Zheng Yi with considerably more influence in the world of piracy. Zheng Yi and his wife, Zheng Yi Sao (who would eventually inherit the leadership of his pirate confederacy) then formed a pirate coalition that, by 1804, consisted of over ten thousand men. Their military might alone was sufficient to combat the Qing
Qing
navy. However, a combination of famine, Qing
Qing
naval opposition, and internal rifts crippled piracy in China around the 1820s, and it has never again reached the same status.

The cemetery of past pirates at Île Ste-Marie (St. Mary's Island).

In the 1840s and 1850s, United States Navy
United States Navy
and Royal Navy
Royal Navy
forces campaigned together against Chinese pirates. Major battles were fought such as those at Ty-ho Bay and the Tonkin River though pirate junks continued operating off China for years more. However, some British and American individual citizens also volunteered to serve with Chinese pirates to fight against European forces. The British offered rewards for the capture of westerners serving with Chinese pirates. During the Second Opium War
War
and the Taiping Rebellion, piratical junks were again destroyed in large numbers by British naval forces but ultimately it wasn't until the 1860s and 1870s that fleets of pirate junks ceased to exist. Persian Gulf Main article: Piracy
Piracy
in the Persian Gulf The southern coast of the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
was known to the British from the late 18th century as the Pirate
Pirate
Coast, where control of the seaways of the Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
was asserted by the Qawasim and other local maritime powers. Memories of the privations carried out on the coast by Portuguese raiders under Albuquerque were long and local powers antipathetic as a consequence to Christian powers asserting dominance of their coastal waters.[50] Early British expeditions to protect the Imperial Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
trade from raiders, principally Al Qasimi from Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
and Lingeh, led to campaigns against those headquarters and other harbours along the coast in 1809 and then, after a relapse in raiding, again in 1819.[51] This led to the signing of a first formal treaty of perpetual maritime peace between the British and the rulers of several coastal sheikhdoms in 1820. This was cemented by the Treaty of Maritime Peace in Perpetuity in 1853, resulting in the Pirate Coast
Pirate Coast
being renamed to the Trucial Coast, along with several emirates being recognised by the British as Trucial States.[50] Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah, the charismatic ruler who successfully became the most popular pirate in the region, was also the first to wear an eyepatch after losing an eye in battle.[52] Since then eyepatches have become associated with pirates. The Caribbean Main article: Piracy
Piracy
in the Caribbean

Jacques de Sores
Jacques de Sores
looting and burning Havana in 1555

Puerto del Príncipe being sacked in 1668 by Henry Morgan

Book about pirates They Americaensche Zee-Roovers was first published in 1678 in Amsterdam

The classic era of piracy in the Caribbean
Caribbean
lasted from circa 1650 until the mid-1720s.[53] By 1650, France, England
England
and the United Provinces began to develop their colonial empires. This involved considerable seaborne trade, and a general economic improvement: there was money to be made—or stolen—and much of it traveled by ship. French buccaneers were established on northern Hispaniola
Hispaniola
as early as 1625,[54] but lived at first mostly as hunters rather than robbers; their transition to full-time piracy was gradual and motivated in part by Spanish efforts to wipe out both the buccaneers and the prey animals on which they depended. The buccaneers' migration from Hispaniola's mainland to the more defensible offshore island of Tortuga limited their resources and accelerated their piratical raids. According to Alexandre Exquemelin, a buccaneer and historian who remains a major source on this period, the Tortuga buccaneer Pierre Le Grand pioneered the settlers' attacks on galleons making the return voyage to Spain. The growth of buccaneering on Tortuga was augmented by the English capture of Jamaica from Spain
Spain
in 1655. The early English governors of Jamaica freely granted letters of marque to Tortuga buccaneers and to their own countrymen, while the growth of Port Royal
Port Royal
provided these raiders with a far more profitable and enjoyable place to sell their booty. In the 1660s, the new French governor of Tortuga, Bertrand d'Ogeron, similarly provided privateering commissions both to his own colonists and to English cutthroats from Port Royal. These conditions brought Caribbean
Caribbean
buccaneering to its zenith.

Henry Every
Henry Every
is shown selling his loot in this engraving by Howard Pyle. Every's capture of the Grand Mughal ship Ganj-i-Sawai
Ganj-i-Sawai
in 1695 stands as one of the most profitable pirate raids ever perpetrated.

A new phase of piracy began in the 1690s as English pirates began to look beyond the Caribbean
Caribbean
for treasure. The fall of Britain's Stuart kings had restored the traditional enmity between Britain and France, thus ending the profitable collaboration between English Jamaica and French Tortuga. The devastation of Port Royal
Port Royal
by an earthquake in 1692 further reduced the Caribbean's attractions by destroying the pirates' chief market for fenced plunder.[55] Caribbean
Caribbean
colonial governors began to discard the traditional policy of "no peace beyond the Line," under which it was understood that war would continue (and thus letters of marque would be granted) in the Caribbean
Caribbean
regardless of peace treaties signed in Europe; henceforth, commissions would be granted only in wartime, and their limitations would be strictly enforced. Furthermore, much of the Spanish Main
Spanish Main
had simply been exhausted; Maracaibo
Maracaibo
alone had been sacked three times between 1667 and 1678,[56] while Río de la Hacha had been raided five times and Tolú
Tolú
eight.[57]

Bartholomew Roberts
Bartholomew Roberts
was the pirate with most captures during the Golden Age of Piracy. He is now known for hanging the governor of Martinique
Martinique
from the yardarm of his ship.

At the same time, England's less favored colonies, including Bermuda, New York, and Rhode Island, had become cash-starved by the Navigation Acts, which restricted trade with foreign ships. Merchants and governors eager for coin were willing to overlook and even underwrite pirate voyages; one colonial official defended a pirate because he thought it "very harsh to hang people that brings in gold to these provinces."[58] Although some of these pirates operating out of New England
England
and the Middle Colonies targeted Spain's remoter Pacific coast colonies well into the 1690s and beyond, the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
was a richer and more tempting target. India's economic output was large during this time, especially in high-value luxury goods like silk and calico which made ideal pirate booty;[59] at the same time, no powerful navies plied the Indian Ocean, leaving both local shipping and the various East India companies' vessels vulnerable to attack. This set the stage for the famous pirates, Thomas Tew, Henry Every, Robert Culliford and (although his guilt remains controversial) William Kidd. Between 1713 and 1714, a succession of peace treaties was signed which ended the War
War
of the Spanish Succession. With the end of this conflict, thousands of seamen, including Britain's paramilitary privateers, were relieved of military duty. The result was a large number of trained, idle sailors at a time when the cross-Atlantic colonial shipping trade was beginning to boom. In addition, Europeans who had been pushed by unemployment to become sailors and soldiers involved in slaving were often enthusiastic to abandon that profession and turn to pirating, giving pirate captains for many years a constant pool of trained European recruits to be found in west African waters and coasts. In 1715, pirates launched a major raid on Spanish divers trying to recover gold from a sunken treasure galleon near Florida. The nucleus of the pirate force was a group of English ex-privateers, all of whom would soon be enshrined in infamy: Henry Jennings, Charles Vane, Samuel Bellamy, and Edward England. The attack was successful, but contrary to their expectations, the governor of Jamaica refused to allow Jennings and their cohorts to spend their loot on his island. With Kingston and the declining Port Royal
Port Royal
closed to them, Jennings and his comrades founded a new pirate base at Nassau, on the island of New Providence
New Providence
in the Bahamas, which had been abandoned during the war. Until the arrival of governor Woodes Rogers
Woodes Rogers
three years later, Nassau would be home for these pirates and their many recruits. Shipping traffic between Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe began to soar in the 18th century, a model that was known as triangular trade, and was a rich target for piracy. Trade ships sailed from Europe to the African coast, trading manufactured goods and weapons in exchange for slaves. The traders would then sail to the Caribbean
Caribbean
to sell the slaves, and return to Europe with goods such as sugar, tobacco and cocoa. Another triangular trade saw ships carry raw materials, preserved cod, and rum to Europe, where a portion of the cargo would be sold for manufactured goods, which (along with the remainder of the original load) were transported to the Caribbean, where they were exchanged for sugar and molasses, which (with some manufactured articles) were borne to New England. Ships in the triangular trade made money at each stop.[60]

Born to a noble family in Puerto Rico, Roberto Cofresí
Roberto Cofresí
was the last notably successful pirate in the Caribbean.

As part of the peace settlement of the War
War
of the Spanish succession, Britain obtained the asiento, a Spanish government contract, to supply slaves to Spain's new world colonies, providing British traders and smugglers more access to the traditionally closed Spanish markets in America. This arrangement also contributed heavily to the spread of piracy across the western Atlantic at this time. Shipping to the colonies boomed simultaneously with the flood of skilled mariners after the war. Merchant shippers used the surplus of sailors' labor to drive wages down, cutting corners to maximize their profits, and creating unsavory conditions aboard their vessels. Merchant sailors suffered from mortality rates as high or higher than the slaves being transported (Rediker, 2004). Living conditions were so poor that many sailors began to prefer a freer existence as a pirate. The increased volume of shipping traffic also could sustain a large body of brigands preying upon it. Among the most infamous Caribbean
Caribbean
pirates of the time, was Edward Teach
Edward Teach
or Blackbeard, Calico Jack
Calico Jack
Rackham and Bartholomew Roberts. Most of these pirates were eventually hunted down by the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
and killed or captured; several battles were fought between the brigands and the colonial powers on both land and sea. Piracy in the Caribbean
Piracy in the Caribbean
declined for the next several decades after 1730, but by the 1810s many pirates roamed the waters though they were not as bold or successful as their predecessors. The most successful pirates of the era were Jean Lafitte
Jean Lafitte
and Roberto Cofresi. Lafitte is considered by many to be the last buccaneer due to his army of pirates and fleet of pirate ships which held bases in and around the Gulf of Mexico. Lafitte and his men participated in the War
War
of 1812 battle of New Orleans. Cofresi's base was in Mona Island, Puerto Rico, from where he disrupted the commerce throughout the region. He became the last major target of the international anti-piracy operations.[61]

Hanging
Hanging
of Captain Kidd; illustration from The Pirates Own Book (1837)

The elimination of piracy from European waters expanded to the Caribbean
Caribbean
in the 18th century, West Africa
West Africa
and North America
North America
by the 1710s and by the 1720s even the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
was a difficult location for pirates to operate. England
England
began to strongly turn against piracy at the turn of the 18th century, as it was increasingly damaging to the country's economic and commercial prospects in the region. The Piracy
Piracy
Act of 1698 for the "more effectual suppression of Piracy" [62] made it easier to capture, try and convict pirates by lawfully enabling acts of piracy to be "examined, inquired of, tried, heard and determined, and adjudged in any place at sea, or upon the land, in any of his Majesty's islands, plantations, colonies, dominions, forts, or factories." This effectively enabled admirals to hold a court session to hear the trials of pirates in any place they deemed necessary, rather than requiring that the trial be held in England. Commissioners of these vice-admiralty courts were also vested with "full power and authority" to issue warrants, summon the necessary witnesses, and "to do all thing necessary for the hearing and final determination of any case of piracy, robbery, or felony." These new and faster trials provided no legal representation for the pirates; and ultimately led in this era to the execution of 600 pirates, which represented approximately 10 percent of the pirates active at the time in the Caribbean
Caribbean
region.[63] Being an accessory to piracy was also criminalised under the statute.

Capture of the Pirate
Pirate
Blackbeard, 1718 depicting the battle between Blackbeard
Blackbeard
and Robert Maynard
Robert Maynard
in Ocracoke Bay; romanticized depiction by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
from 1920

Piracy
Piracy
saw a brief resurgence between the end of the War
War
of the Spanish Succession in 1713 and around 1720, as many unemployed seafarers took to piracy as a way to make ends meet when a surplus of sailors after the war led to a decline in wages and working conditions. At the same time, one of the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht that ended the war gave to Great Britain's Royal African Company and other British slavers a thirty-year asiento, or contract, to furnish African slaves to the Spanish colonies, providing British merchants and smugglers potential inroads into the traditionally closed Spanish markets in America and leading to an economic revival for the whole region. This revived Caribbean
Caribbean
trade provided rich new pickings for a wave of piracy. Also contributing to the increase of Caribbean
Caribbean
piracy at this time was Spain's breakup of the English logwood settlement at Campeche
Campeche
and the attractions of a freshly sunken silver fleet off the southern Bahamas in 1715. Fears over the rising levels of crime and piracy, political discontent, concern over crowd behaviour at public punishments, and an increased determination by parliament to suppress piracy, resulted in the Piracy
Piracy
Act of 1717 and of 1721. These established a seven-year penal transportation to North America as a possible punishment for those convicted of lesser felonies, or as a possible sentence that capital punishment might be commuted to by royal pardon. After 1720, piracy in the classic sense became extremely rare as increasingly effective anti-piracy measures were taken by the Royal Navy making it impossible for any pirate to pursue an effective career for long. By 1718, the British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
had approximately 124 vessels and 214 by 1815; a big increase from the two vessels England had possessed in 1670.[63] British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
warships tirelessly hunted down pirate vessels, and almost always won these engagements.

Blackbeard's severed head hanging from Maynard's bowsprit; illustration from The Pirates Own Book (1837)

Many pirates did not surrender and were killed at the point of capture; notorious pirate Edward Teach, or "Blackbeard", was hunted down by Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Robert Maynard
Robert Maynard
at Ocracoke Inlet off the coast of North Carolina
North Carolina
on 22 November 1718 and killed. Captain Chaloner Ogle of the HMS Swallow cornered Bartholomew Roberts
Bartholomew Roberts
in 1722 at Cape Lopez, and a fatal broadside from the Swallow killed the pirate captain instantly. Roberts' death shocked the pirate world, as well as the Royal Navy. The local merchants and civilians had thought him invincible, and some considered him a hero.[64] Roberts' death was seen by many historians as the end of the Golden Age of Piracy. Also crucial to the end of this era of piracy was the loss of the pirates' last Caribbean
Caribbean
safe haven at Nassau. In the early 19th century, piracy along the East and Gulf Coasts of North America
North America
as well as in the Caribbean
Caribbean
increased again. Jean Lafitte was just one of hundreds of pirates operating in American and Caribbean
Caribbean
waters between the years of 1820 and 1835. The United States Navy repeatedly engaged pirates in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
and in the Mediterranean. Cofresí's El Mosquito was disabled in a collaboration between Spain
Spain
and the United States. After fleeing for hours, he was ambushed and captured inland. The United States landed shore parties on several islands in the Caribbean
Caribbean
in pursuit of pirates; Cuba was a major haven. By the 1830s piracy had died out again, and the navies of the region focused on the slave trade. About the time of the Mexican–American War
War
in 1846, the United States Navy had grown strong and numerous enough to eliminate the pirate threat in the West Indies. By the 1830s, ships had begun to convert to steam propulsion, so the Age of Sail
Age of Sail
and the classical idea of pirates in the Caribbean
Caribbean
ended. Privateering, similar to piracy, continued as an asset in war for a few more decades and proved to be of some importance during the naval campaigns of the American Civil War. Privateering would remain a tool of European states until the mid-19th century's Declaration of Paris. But letters of marque were given out much more sparingly by governments and were terminated as soon as conflicts ended. The idea of "no peace beyond the Line" was a relic that had no meaning by the more settled late 18th and early 19th centuries. North America

Dan Seavey
Dan Seavey
was a pirate on the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
in the early 20th century.

River piracy, in late 18th-mid-19th century America, was primarily concentrated along the Ohio River
Ohio River
and Mississippi River
Mississippi River
valleys. In 1803, at Tower Rock, the U.S. Army
U.S. Army
dragoons, possibly, from the frontier army post up river at Fort Kaskaskia, on the Illinois
Illinois
side opposite St. Louis, raided and drove out the river pirates. Stack Island was also associated with river pirates and counterfeiters in the late 1790s. In 1809, the last major river pirate activity took place, on the Upper Mississippi River, and river piracy in this area came to an abrupt end, when a group of flatboatmen raided the island, wiping out the river pirates. From 1790–1834, Cave-In-Rock was the principal outlaw lair and headquarters of river pirate activity in the Ohio River
Ohio River
region, from which Samuel Mason
Samuel Mason
led a gang of river pirates on the Ohio River. River piracy continued on the lower Mississippi River, from the early 1800s to the mid-1830s, declining as a result of direct military action and local law enforcement and regulator-vigilante groups that uprooted and swept out pockets of outlaw resistance. "Roaring" Dan Seavey
Dan Seavey
was a pirate active in the early 1900s on the Great Lakes. Culture and social structure Rewards See also: No prey, no pay Pirates had a system of hierarchy on board their ships determining how captured money was distributed. However, pirates were more egalitarian than any other area of employment at the time. In fact, pirate quartermasters were a counterbalance to the captain and had the power to veto his orders. The majority of plunder was in the form of cargo and ship's equipment with medicines the most highly prized. A vessel's doctor's chest would be worth anywhere from £300 to £400, or around $470,000 in today's values. Jewels were common plunder but not popular as they were hard to sell, and pirates, unlike the public of today, had little concept of their value. There is one case recorded where a pirate was given a large diamond worth a great deal more than the value of the handful of small diamonds given to his crewmates as a share. He felt cheated and had it broken up to match what they received.[65]

Henry Morgan
Henry Morgan
who sacked and burned the city of Panama in 1671 – the second most important city in the Spanish New World at the time; engraving from 1681 Spanish edition of Alexandre Exquemelin's The Buccaneers of America

Spanish pieces of eight minted in Mexico or Seville
Seville
were the standard trade currency in the American colonies. However, every colony still used the monetary units of pounds, shillings, and pence for bookkeeping while Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese money were all standard mediums of exchange as British law prohibited the export of British silver coinage. Until the exchange rates were standardised in the late 18th century each colony legislated its own different exchange rates. In England, 1 piece of eight was worth 4s 3d while it was worth 8s in New York, 7s 6d in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
and 6s 8d in Virginia. One 18th-century English shilling was worth around $58 in modern currency so a piece of eight could be worth anywhere from $246 to $465. As such, the value of pirate plunder could vary considerably depending on who recorded it and where.[66][67] Ordinary seamen received a part of the plunder at the captain's discretion but usually a single share. On average, a pirate could expect the equivalent of a year's wages as his share from each ship captured while the crew of the most successful pirates would often each receive a share valued at around £1,000 ($1.17 million) at least once in their career.[65] One of the larger amounts taken from a single ship was that by captain Thomas Tew
Thomas Tew
from an Indian merchantman in 1692. Each ordinary seaman on his ship received a share worth £3,000 ($3.5 million) with officers receiving proportionally larger amounts as per the agreed shares with Tew himself receiving 2½ shares. It is known there were actions with multiple ships captured where a single share was worth almost double this.[65][68] By contrast, an ordinary seamen in the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
received 19s per month to be paid in a lump sum at the end of a tour of duty which was around half the rate paid in the Merchant Navy. However, corrupt officers would often "tax" their crews' wage to supplement their own and the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
of the day was infamous for its reluctance to pay. From this wage, 6d per month was deducted for the maintenance of Greenwich Hospital with similar amounts deducted for the Chatham Chest, the chaplain and surgeon. Six months' pay was withheld to discourage desertion. That this was insufficient incentive is revealed in a report on proposed changes to the RN Admiral
Admiral
Nelson wrote in 1803; he noted that since 1793 more than 42,000 sailors had deserted. Roughly half of all RN crews were pressganged and these not only received lower wages than volunteers but were shackled while the vessel was docked and were never permitted to go ashore until released from service.[69][70] Although the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
suffered from many morale issues, it answered the question of prize money via the 'Cruizers and Convoys' Act of 1708 which handed over the share previously gained by the Crown to the captors of the ship. Technically it was still possible for the Crown to get the money or a portion of it but this rarely happened. The process of condemnation of a captured vessel and its cargo and men was given to the High Court of the Admiralty
Admiralty
and this was the process which remained in force with minor changes throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

Ship prize shares

Rank Pre 1808 Post 1808

Captain 3/8 2/8

Admiral
Admiral
of fleet 1/8 1/8

Sailing Master & Lieutenants & Captain of Marines 1/8 1/8

Warrant Officers 1/8 1/8

Wardroom Warrant officers & Petty Officers 1/8 1/8

Gunners, Sailors 1/8 2/8

Bartholomew Roberts' crew carousing at the Calabar River; illustration from The Pirates Own Book (1837). Roberts is estimated to have captured over 470 vessels.

Even the flag officer's share was not quite straightforward; he would only get the full one-eighth if he had no junior flag officer beneath him. If this was the case then he would get a third share. If he had more than one then he would take one half while the rest was shared out equally. There was a great deal of money to be made in this way. The record breaker was the capture of the Spanish frigate Hermione, which was carrying treasure in 1762. The value of this was so great that each individual seaman netted £485 ($1.4 million in 2008 dollars).[71] The two captains responsible, Evans and Pownall, received £65,000 each ($188.4 million). In January 1807 the frigate Caroline took the Spanish San Rafael which brought in £52,000 for her captain, Peter Rainier (who had been only a Midshipman some thirteen months before). All through the wars there are examples of this kind of luck falling on captains. Another famous 'capture' was that of the Spanish frigates Thetis and Santa Brigada which were loaded with gold specie. They were taken by four British frigates who shared the money, each captain receiving £40,730. Each lieutenant got £5,091, the Warrant Officer group, £2,468, the midshipmen £791 and the individual seamen £182. It should also be noted that it was usually only the frigates which took prizes; the ships of the line were far too ponderous to be able to chase and capture the smaller ships which generally carried treasure. Nelson always bemoaned that he had done badly out of prize money and even as a flag officer received little. This was not that he had a bad command of captains but rather that British mastery of the seas was so complete that few enemy ships dared to sail.[72]

Comparison chart using the share distribution known for three pirates against the shares for a Privateer
Privateer
and wages as paid by the Royal Navy.

Rank Bartholomew Roberts George Lowther William Phillips Privateer (Sir William Monson) Royal Navy (per month)

Captain 2 shares 2 shares 1.5 shares 10 shares £8, 8s

Master 1.5 shares 1.5 shares 1.25 shares 7 or 8 shares £4

Boatswain 1.5 shares 1.25 shares 1.25 shares 5 shares £2

Gunner 1.5 shares 1.25 shares 1.25 shares 5 shares £2

Quartermaster 2 shares

4 shares £1, 6s

Carpenter

1.25 shares 5 shares £2

Mate

1.25 shares

5 shares £2, 2s

Doctor

1.25 shares

5 shares £5 +2d per man aboard

"Other Officers" 1.25 shares

various rates various rates

Able Seamen (2 yrs experience) Ordinary Seamen (some exp) Landsmen (pressganged)

1 share

1 share

1 share

22s 19s 11s

Loot

Pirate
Pirate
treasure looted by Samuel Bellamy
Samuel Bellamy
and recovered from the wreck of the Whydah; exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 2010

Even though pirates raided many ships, few, if any, buried their treasure. Often, the "treasure" that was stolen was food, water, alcohol, weapons, or clothing. Other things they stole were household items like bits of soap and gear like rope and anchors, or sometimes they would keep the ship they captured (either to sell off or keep because it was better than their ship). Such items were likely to be needed immediately, rather than saved for future trade. For this reason, there was no need for the pirates to bury these goods. Pirates tended to kill few people aboard the ships they captured; usually they would kill no one if the ship surrendered, because if it became known that pirates took no prisoners, their victims would fight to the last breath and make victory both very difficult and costly in lives. In contrast, ships would quickly surrender if they knew they would be spared. In one well-documented case 300 heavily armed soldiers on a ship attacked by Thomas Tew
Thomas Tew
surrendered after a brief battle with none of Tew's 40-man crew being injured.[73] Punishment

A contemporary flyer depicting the public execution of 16th-century pirate Klein Henszlein
Klein Henszlein
and his crew in 1573

During the 17th and 18th centuries, once pirates were caught, justice was meted out in a summary fashion, and many ended their lives by "dancing the hempen jig", a euphemism for hanging. Public execution was a form of entertainment at the time, and people came out to watch them as they would to a sporting event today. Newspapers reported details such as condemned men's last words, the prayers said by the priests, and descriptions of their final moments in the gallows. In England
England
most of these executions took place at Execution Dock
Execution Dock
on the River Thames
River Thames
in London. In the cases of more famous prisoners, usually captains, their punishments extended beyond death. Their bodies were enclosed in iron cages (gibbet) (for which they were measured before their execution) and left to swing in the air until the flesh rotted off them- a process that could take as long as two years. The bodies of captains such as William "Captain" Kidd, Charles Vane, William Fly, and Jack Rackham ("Calico Jack") were all treated this way.[74] Role of women Main article: Women in piracy

Pirate
Pirate
Anne Bonny
Anne Bonny
(1697–1720). Engraving from Captain Charles Johnson's General History of the Pyrates (1st Dutch Edition, 1725)

While piracy was predominantly a male occupation throughout history, a minority of pirates were female.[75] Female pirates, like other women in crime, faced gender and discrimination issues in both practicing this occupation and being punished for it.[citation needed] Pirates did not allow women onto their ships very often. Additionally, women were often regarded as bad luck among pirates. It was feared that the male members of the crew would argue and fight over the women. On many ships, women (as well as young boys) were prohibited by the ship's contract, which all crew members were required to sign.[76] :303 Because of the resistance to allowing women on board, many female pirates did not identify themselves as such. Anne Bonny, for example, dressed and acted as a man while on Captain Calico Jack's ship.[76]:285 She and Mary Read, another female pirate, are often identified as being unique in this regard.[77] However, it is possible many women dressed as men during the Golden Age of Piracy, in an effort to take advantage of the many rights, privileges, and freedoms that were exclusive to men.[citation needed] Democracy
Democracy
among Caribbean
Caribbean
pirates See also: Pirate
Pirate
code and distribution of justice Unlike traditional Western societies of the time, many Caribbean pirate crews of European descent operated as limited democracies. Pirate
Pirate
communities were some of the first to instate a system of checks and balances similar to the one used by the present-day United States and many other countries. The first record of such a government aboard a pirate sloop dates to the 17th century.[78] Pirate
Pirate
Code As recorded by Captain Charles Johnson regarding the articles of Bartholomew Roberts.

Every man shall have an equal vote in affairs of moment. He shall have an equal title to the fresh provisions or strong liquors at any time seized, and shall use them at pleasure unless a scarcity may make it necessary for the common good that a retrenchment may be voted. Every man shall be called fairly in turn by the list on board of prizes, because over and above their proper share, they are allowed a shift of clothes. But if they defraud the company to the value of even one dollar in plate, jewels or money, they shall be marooned. If any man rob another he shall have his nose and ears slit, and be put ashore where he shall be sure to encounter hardships. None shall game for money either with dice or cards. The lights and candles should be put out at eight at night, and if any of the crew desire to drink after that hour they shall sit upon the open deck without lights. Each man shall keep his piece, cutlass and pistols at all times clean and ready for action. No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death. He that shall desert the ship or his quarters in time of battle shall be punished by death or marooning. None shall strike another on board the ship, but every man's quarrel shall be ended on shore by sword or pistol in this manner. At the word of command from the quartermaster, each man being previously placed back to back, shall turn and fire immediately. If any man do not, the quartermaster shall knock the piece out of his hand. If both miss their aim they shall take to their cutlasses, and he that draw the first blood shall be declared the victor. No man shall talk of breaking up their way of living till each has a share of 1,000. Every man who shall become a cripple or lose a limb in the service shall have 800 pieces of eight from the common stock and for lesser hurts proportionately. The captain and the quartermaster shall each receive two shares of a prize, the master gunner and boatswain, one and one half shares, all other officers one and one quarter, and private gentlemen of fortune one share each. The musicians shall have rest on the Sabbath Day only by right. On all other days by favor only.[79]

Known pirate shipwrecks To date three identifiable pirate shipwrecks have been discovered. One is the Whydah Gally, a former slave ship seized on its maiden voyage from Africa by the pirate captain "Black Sam" Bellamy. Since 2007 the Wydah collection has been touring as part of the exhibit "Real Pirates" sponsored by National Geographic.[80] The second is the Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. He used the ship for less than a year, but it was an effective tool in his prize-taking. In June 1718, Blackbeard
Blackbeard
ran the ship aground at Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. In late 1996, Intersal,[81] a private firm working under a permit with the state of North Carolina, discovered the remains of the vessel.[82] The shipwreck lies in 28 feet (8.5m) of water about one mile (1.6 km) offshore of Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Thirty-one cannons have been identified to date and more than 250,000 artifacts have been recovered.[83] The cannon are of different origins, such as Swedish, English and possibly French, and of different sizes, as would be expected with a colonial pirate crew.[82] The last is the Golden Fleece, the ship of the notorious English pirate Joseph Bannister, which was found in early 2009 by American shipwreck hunters John Chatterton and John Mattera in the Dominican Republic, at Samaná Bay. The discovery is recounted in Robert Kurson's book Pirate
Pirate
Hunters (2015) [84][85][86][87] Privateers Main article: Privateer

Modern reconstruction of skull alleged to have belonged to 14th century pirate Klaus Störtebeker. He was the leader of the privateer guild Victual Brothers, who later turned to piracy and roamed European seas.

A privateer or corsair used similar methods to a pirate, but acted under orders of the state while in possession of a commission or letter of marque and reprisal from a government or monarch authorizing the capture of merchant ships belonging to an enemy nation. For example, the United States Constitution
United States Constitution
of 1787 specifically authorized Congress to issue letters of marque and reprisal. The letter of marque and reprisal was recognized by international convention and meant that a privateer could not technically be charged with piracy while attacking the targets named in his commission. This nicety of law did not always save the individuals concerned, however, since whether one was considered a pirate or a legally operating privateer often depended on whose custody the individual found himself in—that of the country that had issued the commission, or that of the object of attack. Spanish authorities were known to execute foreign privateers with their letters of marque hung around their necks to emphasize Spain's rejection of such defenses. Furthermore, many privateers exceeded the bounds of their letters of marque by attacking nations with which their sovereign was at peace (Thomas Tew and William Kidd
William Kidd
are notable alleged examples), and thus made themselves liable to conviction for piracy. However, a letter of marque did provide some cover for such pirates, as plunder seized from neutral or friendly shipping could be passed off later as taken from enemy merchants.

HMS Kent battling Confiance, a privateer vessel commanded by French corsair Robert Surcouf
Robert Surcouf
in October 1800, as depicted in a painting by Garneray.

The famous Barbary Corsairs of the Mediterranean, authorized by the Ottoman Empire, were privateers, as were the Maltese Corsairs, who were authorized by the Knights of St. John, and the Dunkirkers in the service of the Spanish Empire. In the years 1626–1634 alone, the Dunkirk privateers captured 1,499 ships, and sank another 336.[88] From 1609 to 1616, England
England
lost 466 merchant ships to Barbary pirates, and 160 British ships were captured by Algerians between 1677 and 1680.[89] One famous privateer was Sir Francis Drake. His patron was Queen Elizabeth I, and their relationship ultimately proved to be quite profitable for England.[90] Privateers
Privateers
constituted a large proportion of the total military force at sea during the 17th and 18th centuries. During the Nine Years War, the French adopted a policy of strongly encouraging privateers (French corsairs), including the famous Jean Bart, to attack English and Dutch shipping. England
England
lost roughly 4,000 merchant ships during the war.[91] In the following War
War
of Spanish Succession, privateer attacks continued, Britain losing 3,250 merchant ships.[92] During the War
War
of Austrian Succession, Britain lost 3,238 merchant ships and France
France
lost 3,434 merchant ships to the British.[91] During King George's War, approximately 36,000 Americans served aboard privateers at one time or another.[91] During the American Revolution, about 55,000 American seamen served aboard the privateers.[93] The American privateers had almost 1,700 ships, and they captured 2,283 enemy ships.[94] Between the end of the Revolutionary War
War
and 1812, less than 30 years, Britain, France, Naples, the Barbary States, Spain, and the Netherlands seized approximately 2,500 American ships.[95] Payments in ransom and tribute to the Barbary states amounted to 20% of United States government annual revenues in 1800.[96] Throughout the American Civil War, Confederate privateers successfully harassed Union merchant ships.[97] Privateering lost international sanction under the Declaration of Paris in 1856. Commerce raiders See also: Ruse de guerre A wartime activity similar to piracy involves disguised warships called commerce raiders or merchant raiders, which attack enemy shipping commerce, approaching by stealth and then opening fire. Commerce raiders operated successfully during the American Revolution. During the American Civil War, the Confederacy sent out several commerce raiders, the most famous of which was the CSS Alabama. During World War
War
I and World War
War
II, Germany also made use of these tactics, both in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Since commissioned naval vessels were openly used, these commerce raiders should not be considered even privateers, much less pirates— although the opposing combatants were vocal in denouncing them as such. 1990s–2010s

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Piracy
in the 21st century, Piracy
Piracy
in the Gulf of Guinea, Piracy
Piracy
in Somalia, Piracy
Piracy
in the Strait of Malacca, Piracy
Piracy
on Falcon Lake, and List of ships attacked by Somali pirates

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v t e

Seaborne piracy against transport vessels remains a significant issue (with estimated worldwide losses of US$16 billion per year),[5][6] particularly in the waters between the Red Sea
Red Sea
and Indian Ocean, off the Somali coast, and also in the Strait of Malacca
Strait of Malacca
and Singapore, which are used by over 50,000 commercial ships a year. In the Gulf of Guinea, maritime piracy has also led to pressure on offshore oil and gas production, providing security for offshore installations and supply vessels is often paid for by oil companies rather than the respective governments.[98] In the late 2000s,[99] the emergence of piracy off the coast of Somalia spurred a multi-national effort led by the United States to patrol the waters near the Horn of Africa. In 2011, Brazil
Brazil
also created an anti-piracy unit on the Amazon River.[100] Sir Peter Blake, a New Zealand world champion yachtsman, had been killed by pirates on the Amazon river in 2001.[101] River piracy happens in Europe, with vessels suffering from pirate attacks on the Serbian and Romanian stretches of the international Danube river, i.e. inside the European Union's territory.[102][103][104]

Map showing the extent of Somali pirate attacks on shipping vessels between 2005 and 2010.

Modern pirates favor small boats and taking advantage of the small number of crew members on modern cargo vessels. They also use large vessels to supply the smaller attack/boarding vessels. Modern pirates can be successful because a large amount of international commerce occurs via shipping. Major shipping routes take cargo ships through narrow bodies of water such as the Gulf of Aden
Gulf of Aden
and the Strait of Malacca making them vulnerable to be overtaken and boarded by small motorboats.[105][106] Other active areas include the South China Sea and the Niger Delta. As usage increases, many of these ships have to lower cruising speeds to allow for navigation and traffic control, making them prime targets for piracy. Also, pirates often operate in regions of developing or struggling countries with smaller navies and large trade routes. Pirates sometimes evade capture by sailing into waters controlled by their pursuer's enemies. With the end of the Cold War, navies have decreased in size and patrol less frequently, while trade has increased, making organized piracy far easier. Modern pirates are sometimes linked with organized-crime syndicates, but often are small individual groups. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) maintains statistics regarding pirate attacks dating back to 1995. Their records indicate hostage-taking overwhelmingly dominates the types of violence against seafarers. For example, in 2006, there were 239 attacks, 77 crew members were kidnapped and 188 taken hostage but only 15 of the pirate attacks resulted in murder.[107] In 2007 the attacks rose by 10 percent to 263 attacks. There was a 35 percent increase on reported attacks involving guns. Crew members that were injured numbered 64 compared to just 17 in 2006.[108] That number does not include instances of hostage taking and kidnapping where the victims were not injured.

Aerial photograph of the Niger Delta, a center of piracy.

The number of attacks from January to September 2009 had surpassed the previous year's total due to the increased pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia. Between January and September the number of attacks rose to 306 from 293. The pirates boarded the vessels in 114 cases and hijacked 34 of them so far in 2009. Gun use in pirate attacks has gone up to 176 cases from 76 last year.[109] Rather than cargo, modern pirates have targeted the personal belongings of the crew and the contents of the ship's safe, which potentially contains large amounts of cash needed for payroll and port fees. In other cases, the pirates force the crew off the ship and then sail it to a port to be repainted and given a new identity through false papers purchased from corrupt or complicit officials.[110] Modern piracy can also take place in conditions of political unrest. For example, following the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, Thai piracy was aimed at the many Vietnamese who took to boats to escape. Further, following the disintegration of the government of Somalia, warlords in the region have attacked ships delivering UN food aid.[111]

A collage of Somali pirates
Somali pirates
armed with AKM
AKM
assault rifles, RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and semi-automatic pistols in 2008.

The attack against the German-built cruise ship the Seabourn Spirit offshore of Somalia in November 2005 is an example of the sophisticated pirates mariners face. The pirates carried out their attack more than 100 miles (160 km) offshore with speedboats launched from a larger mother ship. The attackers were armed with automatic firearms and an RPG.[112] Since 2008, Somali pirates
Somali pirates
centered in the Gulf of Aden
Gulf of Aden
made about $120 million annually, reportedly costing the shipping industry between $900 million and $3.3 billion per year.[113] By September 2012, the heyday of piracy in the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
was reportedly over. Backers were now reportedly reluctant to finance pirate expeditions due to the low rate of success, and pirates were no longer able to reimburse their creditors.[114] According to the International Maritime Bureau, pirate attacks had by October 2012 dropped to a six-year low.[115] Only five ships were captured by the end of the year, representing a decrease from 25 in 2011 and 27 in 2010,[116] with only one ship attacked in the third quarter compared to 36 during the same period in 2011.[115] However, pirate incidents off on the West African seaboard increased to 34 from 30 the previous year, and attacks off the coast of Indonesia rose from 2011's total of 46 to 51.[115] Many nations forbid ships to enter their territorial waters or ports if the crew of the ships are armed, in an effort to restrict possible piracy.[117] Shipping companies sometimes hire private armed security guards.

United States Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
sailors patrolling for pirates on Falcon Lake as part of the Mexican Drug War
War
in 2010.

Modern definitions of piracy include the following acts:

Boarding without permission. Extortion Hostage
Hostage
taking Kidnapping
Kidnapping
of people for ransom Murder Cargo theft Robbery
Robbery
and seizure of items or the ship Sabotage
Sabotage
resulting in the ship subsequently sinking Shipwrecking done intentionally to a ship

For the United States, piracy is one of the offenses against which Congress is delegated power to enact penal legislation by the Constitution of the United States, along with treason and offenses against the law of nations. Treason
Treason
is generally making war against one's own countrymen, and violations of the law of nations can include unjust war among other nationals or by governments against their own people. In modern times, ships and airplanes are hijacked for political reasons as well. The perpetrators of these acts could be described as pirates (for instance, the French term for plane hijacker is pirate de l'air, literally air pirate), but in English are usually termed hijackers. An example is the hijacking of the Italian civilian passenger ship Achille Lauro by the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1985, which is regarded as an act of piracy. A 2009 book entitled International Legal Dimension of Terrorism
Terrorism
called the attackers "terrorists".[118] Modern pirates also use a great deal of technology. It has been reported that crimes of piracy have involved the use of mobile phones, satellite phones, GPS, machetes, AK74
AK74
rifles, Sonar
Sonar
systems, modern speedboats, shotguns, pistols, mounted machine guns, and even RPGs and grenade launchers. Anti-piracy measures

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Incidences of pipeline vandalism by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, 2002–2011

Under a principle of international law known as the "universality principle", a government may "exercise jurisdiction over conduct outside its territory if that conduct is universally dangerous to states and their nationals."[119] The rationale behind the universality principle is that states will punish certain acts "wherever they may occur as a means of protecting the global community as a whole, even absent a link between the state and the parties or the acts in question." Under this principle, the concept of "universal jurisdiction" applies to the crime of piracy.[120] For example, the United States has a statute (section 1651 of title 18 of the United States Code) imposing a sentence of life in prison for piracy "as defined by the law of nations" committed anywhere on the high seas, regardless of the nationality of the pirates or the victims.[121] The goal of maritime security operations is "actively to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy in order to protect global maritime security and secure freedom of navigation for the benefit of all nations",[122] and pirates are often detained, interrogated, disarmed, and released. With millions of dollars at stake, pirates have little incentive to stop. In Finland, one case involved pirates who had been captured and whose boat was sunk. As the pirates attacked a vessel of Singapore, not Finland, and are not themselves EU or Finnish citizens, they were not prosecuted. A further complication in many cases, including this one, is that many countries do not allow extradition of people to jurisdictions where they may be sentenced to death or torture.[123] The Dutch are using a 17th-century law against sea robbery to prosecute.[124] Warships that capture pirates have no jurisdiction to try them, and NATO does not have a detention policy in place. Prosecutors have a hard time assembling witnesses and finding translators, and countries are reluctant to imprison pirates because the countries would be saddled with the pirates upon their release.[125]

Suspected Somali pirates
Somali pirates
keep their hands in the air

George Mason University
George Mason University
professor Peter Leeson has suggested that the international community appropriate Somali territorial waters and sell them, together with the international portion of the Gulf of Aden, to a private company which would then provide security from piracy in exchange for charging tolls to world shipping through the Gulf.[126][127] Self-defense The fourth volume of the handbook: Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy
Piracy
off the Coast of Somalia and in the Arabian Sea
Arabian Sea
Area (known as BMP4)[128] is the current authoritative guide for merchant ships on self-defense against pirates. The guide is issued and updated by Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), a consortium of interested international shipping and trading organizations including the EU, NATO and the International Maritime Bureau.[129] It is distributed primarily by the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), the planning and coordination authority for EU naval forces (EUNAVFOR). BMP4 encourages vessels to register their voyages through the region with MSCHOA as this registration is a key component of the operation of the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC, the navy-patrolled route through the Gulf of Aden). BMP4 contains a chapter entitled "Self-Protective Measures" which lays out a list of steps a merchant vessel can take on its own to make itself less of a target to pirates and make it better able to repel an attack if one occurs. This list includes rigging the deck of the ship with razor wire, rigging fire-hoses to spray sea-water over the side of the ship (to hinder boardings), having a distinctive pirate alarm, hardening the bridge against gunfire and creating a "citadel" where the crew can retreat in the event pirates get on board. Other unofficial self-defense measures that can be found on merchant vessels include the setting up of mannequins posing as armed guards or firing flares at the pirates.[130] Though it varies by country, generally peacetime law in the 20th and 21st centuries has not allowed merchant vessels to carry weapons. As a response to the rise in modern piracy, however, the U.S. government changed its rules so that it is now possible for U.S.-flagged vessels to embark a team of armed private security guards. The US Coastguard leaves it to ship owners' discretion to determine if those guards will be armed.[131][132] The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in 2011 changed its stance on private armed guards, accepting that operators must be able to defend their ships against pirate attacks.[133] This has given birth to a new breed of private security companies that provide training for crew members and operate floating armouries for protection of crew and cargo; this has proved effective in countering pirate attacks.[134][135] The use of floating armouries in international waters allows ships to carry weapons in international waters, without being in possession of arms within coastal waters where they would be illegal. Seychelles
Seychelles
has become a central location for international anti-piracy operations, hosting the Anti-Piracy Operation Center for the Indian Ocean. In 2008, VSOS became the first authorized armed maritime security company to operate in the Indian Ocean
Ocean
region.[136] With safety trials complete in the late 2000s, laser dazzlers have been developed for defensive purposes on super-yachts.[137] They can be effective up to 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) with the effects going from mild disorientation to flash blindness at closer range.[138] In February 2012, Italian Marines based on the tanker Enrica Lexie allegedly fired on an Indian fishing trawler off Kerala, killing two of her eleven crew. The Marines allegedly mistook the fishing vessel as a pirate vessel. The incident sparked a diplomatic row between India and Italy. Enrica Lexie
Enrica Lexie
was ordered into Kochi
Kochi
where her crew were questioned by officers of the Indian Police.[139] The fact is still sub juris and its legal eventual outcome could influence future deployment of VPDs, since states will be either encouraged or discouraged to provide them depending on whether functional immunity is ultimately granted or denied to the Italians.[140] Another similar incident has been reported to have happened in the Red Sea between the coasts of Somalia and Yemen, involving the death of a Yemeni fisherman allegedly at the hands of a Russian Vessel Protection Detachment (VPD) on board a Norwegian-flagged vessel.[141][142] However, despite VPD deployment being controversial because of these incidents, according to the Associated Press,[143] during a United Nations Security Council conference about piracy "U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice
Susan Rice
told the council that no ship carrying armed guards has been successfully attacked by pirates" and "French Ambassador Gerard Araud stressed that private guards do not have the deterrent effect that government-posted marine and sailors and naval patrols have in warding off attacks". Self protection measures

Private guard escort on a merchant ship providing security services against piracy in the Indian Ocean.

An LRAD sound cannon mounted on RMS Queen Mary 2

First and foremost, the best protection against piracy is simply to avoid encountering them. This can be accomplished by using tools such as radar,[144] or by using specialised systems that use shorter wavelengths (as small boats are not always picked up by radar). An example of a specialised system is WatchStander.[145] In addition, while the non-wartime 20th century tradition has been for merchant vessels not to be armed, the U.S. Government has recently changed the rules so that it is now "best practice" for vessels to embark a team of armed private security guards.[131][146] The guards are usually supplied from ships intended specifically for training and supplying such armed personnel.[147] The crew can be given weapons training,[148] and warning shots can be fired legally in international waters. Other measures vessels can take to protect themselves against piracy are air-pressurised boat stopping systems which can fire a variety of vessel-disabling projectiles,[149] implementing a high freewall[150] and vessel boarding protection systems (e.g., hot water wall, electricity-charged water wall, automated fire monitor, slippery foam).[151] Ships can also attempt to protect themselves using their Automatic Identification Systems (AIS).[152] Every ship over 300 tons carries a transponder supplying both information about the ship itself and its movements. Any unexpected change in this information can attract attention. Previously this data could only be picked up if there was a nearby ship, thus rendering single ships vulnerable. However, special satellites have been launched recently that are now able to detect and retransmit this data. Large ships cannot therefore be hijacked without being detected. This can act as a deterrent to attempts to either hijack the entire ship or steal large portions of cargo with another ship since an escort can be sent more quickly than might otherwise have been the case. Patrol In an emergency warships can be called upon. In some areas such as near Somalia, patrolling naval vessels from different nations are available to intercept vessels attacking merchant vessels. For patrolling dangerous coastal waters, or keeping cost down, robotic or remote-controlled USVs are also sometimes used.[153] Shore- and vessel-launched UAVs are used by the U.S. Navy.[154][155] A British former British chief of defence staff (David Richards), questioned the value of expensive kit procured by successive governments, saying "We have £1bn destroyers trying to sort out pirates in a little dhow with RPGs [rocket-propelled grenade launchers] costing US$50, with an outboard motor [costing] $100". Legal aspects United Kingdom laws

A Merchant seaman aboard a fleet oil tanker practices target shooting with a Remington 870
Remington 870
12 gauge shotgun as part of training to repel pirates in the Strait of Malacca.

Section 2 of the Piracy Act 1837
Piracy Act 1837
creates a statutory offence of aggravated piracy. See also the Piracy
Piracy
Act 1850. In 2008 the British Foreign Office
Foreign Office
advised the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
not to detain pirates of certain nationalities as they might be able to claim asylum in Britain under British human rights legislation, if their national laws included execution, or mutilation as a judicial punishment for crimes committed as pirates.[156] Definition of piracy jure gentium See section 26 of, and Schedule 5 to, the Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Act 1997. These provisions replace the Schedule to the Tokyo Convention Act 1967. In Cameron v HM Advocate, 1971 SLT 333, the High Court of Justiciary
High Court of Justiciary
said that that Schedule supplemented the existing law and did not seek to restrict the scope of the offence of piracy jure gentium. See also:

Re Piracy
Piracy
Jure Gentium [1934] AC 586, PC Attorney General of Hong Kong v Kwok-a-Sing (1873) LR 5 PC 179

Jurisdiction See section 46(2) of the Senior Courts Act 1981
Senior Courts Act 1981
and section 6 of the Territorial Waters Jurisdiction Act 1878. See also R v Kohn (1864) 4 F & F 68. Piracy
Piracy
committed by or against aircraft See section 5 of the Aviation Security Act 1982. Sentence The book "Archbold" said that in a case that does not fall within section 2 of the Piracy
Piracy
Act 1837, the penalty appears to be determined by the Offences at Sea Act 1799, which provides that offences committed at sea are liable to the same penalty as if they had been committed upon the shore.[157] History William Hawkins said that at common law, piracy by a subject was esteemed to be petty treason. The Treason
Treason
Act 1351 provided that this was not petty treason.[158] In English admiralty law, piracy was classified as petit treason during the medieval period, and offenders were accordingly liable to be drawn and quartered on conviction. Piracy
Piracy
was redefined as a felony during the reign of Henry VIII. In either case, piracy cases were cognizable in the courts of the Lord High Admiral. English admiralty vice-admiralty judges emphasized that "neither Faith nor Oath is to be kept" with pirates; i.e. contracts with pirates and oaths sworn to them were not legally binding. Pirates were legally subject to summary execution by their captors if captured in battle. In practice, instances of summary justice and annulment of oaths and contracts involving pirates do not appear to have been common.[citation needed] United States laws In the United States, criminal prosecution of piracy is authorized in the U.S. Constitution, Art. I Sec. 8 cl. 10:

... To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

Title 18 U.S.C. § 1651 states:

Whoever, on the high seas, commits the crime of piracy as defined by the law of nations, and is afterwards brought into or found in the United States, shall be imprisoned for life.

Citing the United States Supreme Court decision in the year 1820 case of United States v. Smith,[159] a U.S. District Court ruled in 2010 in the case of United States v. Said that the definition of piracy under section 1651 is confined to "robbery at sea." The piracy charges (but not other serious federal charges) against the defendants in the Said case were dismissed by the Court.[160] The U.S. District Court for the E.D.Va. has since been overturned: "On May 23, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion vacating the Court's dismissal of the piracy count. United States v. Said, 680 F.3d 374 (4th Cir.2012.See also United States v. Dire, 680 F.3d 446, 465 (4th Cir.2012) (upholding an instruction to the jury that the crime of piracy includes "any of the three following actions: (A) any illegal acts of violence or detention or any act of depredation committed for private ends on the high seas or a place outside the jurisdiction of any state by the crew or the passengers of a private ship and directed against another ship or against persons or property on board such ship; or (B) any act of voluntary participation in the operation of a ship with knowledge of facts making it a pirate ship; or (C) any act of inciting or of intentionally facilitating an act described in(A)or(B) above")." The case was remanded to E.D. Va., see US v. Said, 3 F. Supp. 3d 515 – Dist. Court, ED Virginia
Virginia
(2014). International law Effects on international boundaries During the 18th century, the British and the Dutch controlled opposite sides of the Straits of Malacca. The British and the Dutch drew a line separating the Straits into two halves. The agreement was that each party would be responsible for combating piracy in their respective half. Eventually this line became the border between Malaysia and Indonesia in the Straits. Law of nations

International Maritime Organization
International Maritime Organization
(IMO) conference on capacity-building to counter piracy in the Indian Ocean.

Piracy
Piracy
is of note in international law as it is commonly held to represent the earliest invocation of the concept of universal jurisdiction. The crime of piracy is considered a breach of jus cogens, a conventional peremptory international norm that states must uphold. Those committing thefts on the high seas, inhibiting trade, and endangering maritime communication are considered by sovereign states to be hostis humani generis (enemies of humanity).[161] Because of universal jurisdiction, action can be taken against pirates without objection from the flag state of the pirate vessel. This represents an exception to the principle extra territorium jus dicenti impune non paretur ("One who exercises jurisdiction out of his territory is not obeyed with impunity").[162] International conventions Articles 101 to 103 of UNCLOS

British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Commodore gives a presentation on piracy at the MAST 2008 conference.

Articles 101 to 103 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) (1982) contain a definition of piracy iure gentium (i.e. according to international law).[163] They read:

Article 101 Definition of piracy Piracy
Piracy
consists of any of the following acts:

(a) any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or a private aircraft, and directed—

(i) on the high seas, against another ship or aircraft, or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft; (ii) against a ship, aircraft, persons or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any State;

(b) any act of voluntary participation in the operation of a ship or of an aircraft with knowledge of facts making it a pirate ship or aircraft; (c) any act of inciting or of intentionally facilitating an act described in subparagraph (a) or (b).

Article 102 Piracy
Piracy
by a warship, government ship or government aircraft whose crew has mutinied The acts of piracy, as defined in article 101, committed by a warship, government ship or government aircraft whose crew has mutinied and taken control of the ship or aircraft are assimilated to acts committed by a private ship or aircraft. Article 103 Definition of a pirate ship or aircraft A ship or aircraft is considered a pirate ship or aircraft if it is intended by the persons in dominant control to be used for the purpose of committing one of the acts referred to in article 101. The same applies if the ship or aircraft has been used to commit any such act, so long as it remains under the control of the persons guilty of that act.[164]

This definition was formerly contained in articles 15 to 17 of the Convention on the High Seas
Convention on the High Seas
signed at Geneva on April 29, 1958.[165] It was drafted[166] by the International Law Commission.[163] A limitation of article 101 above is that it confines piracy to the High Seas. As the majority of piratical acts occur within territorial waters, some pirates are able to go free as certain jurisdictions lack the resources to monitor their borders adequately.[citation needed] IMB definition The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) defines piracy as:

the act of boarding any vessel with an intent to commit theft or any other crime, and with an intent or capacity to use force in furtherance of that act.[167]

Uniformity in Maritime Piracy
Piracy
Law Given the diverging definitions of piracy in international and municipal legal systems, some authors argue that greater uniformity in the law is required in order to strengthen anti-piracy legal instruments.[168] Cultural perceptions Main articles: List of fictional pirates and Pirates in popular culture

"Mic the Scallywag" of the Pirates of Emerson Haunted Adventure Fremont, California

Pirates are a frequent topic in fiction and, in their Caribbean incarnation, are associated with certain stereotypical manners of speaking and dress, some of them wholly fictional: "nearly all our notions of their behavior come from the golden age of fictional piracy, which reached its zenith in 1881 with the appearance of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure
Treasure
Island."[169] Hugely influential in shaping the popular conception of pirates, Captain Charles Johnson's A General History of the Pyrates, published in London in 1724, is the prime source for the biographies of many well known pirates of the Golden Age.[170] The book gives an almost mythical status to pirates, with naval historian David Cordingly writing: "it has been said, and there seems no reason to question this, that Captain Johnson created the modern conception of pirates."[170]

A person costumed in the character of captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp's lead role in the Pirates of the Caribbean
Caribbean
film series.

Some inventions of pirate culture such as "walking the plank"–in which a bound captive is forced to walk off a board extending over the sea–were popularized by J. M. Barrie's novel, Peter Pan, where the fictional pirate Captain Hook
Captain Hook
and his crew helped define the fictional pirate archetype.[171] English actor Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John Silver in Disney's 1950 film adaptation also helped define the modern rendition of a pirate, including the stereotypical West Country "pirate accent".[172][173] Other influences include Sinbad the Sailor, and the recent Pirates of the Caribbean
Caribbean
films have helped rekindle modern interest in piracy and have performed well at the box office. The video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag also revolves around pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy. The classic Gilbert and Sullivan
Gilbert and Sullivan
comic opera The Pirates of Penzance focuses on The Pirate
Pirate
King and his hapless band of pirates.[174] Many sports teams use "pirate" or a related term such as "raider" or "buccaneer" as their nickname, based on the popular stereotypes of pirates. Such teams include the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pirates, a Major League Baseball team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: they acquired their nickname in 1891 after "pirating" a player from another team. The Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both in the National Football League, also use pirate-related nicknames. Economics of piracy Sources on the economics of piracy include Cyrus Karraker's 1953 study " Piracy
Piracy
was a Business", in which the author discusses pirates in terms of contemporary racketeering. Patrick Crowhurst researched French piracy and David Starkey
David Starkey
focused British 18th century piracy. There is also a 1998 book entitled The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates by Peter T. Leeson
Peter T. Leeson
[175] Piracy
Piracy
and entrepreneurship Some 2014 research examines the links between piracy and entrepreneurship. In this context, the claim is made for a nonmoral approach to piracy as a source of inspiration for 2010s-era entrepreneurship education[176] as well as for research in entrepreneurship[177] and business model generation.[178] See also

Piracy
Piracy
portal

This image shows many of the characteristics commonly associated with a stereotypical Caribbean
Caribbean
pirate in popular culture, such as a parrot, a pegleg, hook, cutlass, bicorne or tricorne hat, Jolly Roger, Royal Navy jacket, bad teeth, maniacal grin, earrings, beard, and eyepatch.

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Pirate
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Pirate
game Pirate
Pirate
Party / Pirate
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Parties International Pirate
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studies Pirate
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utopia Pirates World Space pirate Spanish treasure fleet Statute of Monopolies The Successful Pyrate, a historical play Train robbery a.k.a. railroad piracy Treasure
Treasure
voyages Women in piracy Piracy
Piracy
in the Atlantic World Pop-up Pirate, a children's game featuring an embarreled pirate

References Notes

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Further reading

I Sailed With Chinese Pirates by Aleko Lilius, Oxford University Press, US, October 17, 1991, ISBN 0-19-585297-4. Contemporary Maritime Piracy
Piracy
in Southeast Asia. By: Chalk, Peter. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, January–March 1998, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p. 87, 26p, 1 chart; (AN 286864). Dangerous Waters, Modern Piracy
Piracy
and Terror on the High Seas, by John S. Burnett. Dutton, 2003, Plume, 2003–2004, New York. (ISBN 0-452-28413-9). Japanese Anti- Piracy
Piracy
Initiatives in Southeast Asia. By: Bradford, John. Contemporary Southeast Asia, December 2004, Vol. 26 Issue 3, pp. 480–505, 26pp; (AN 15709264). Maritime Piracy
Piracy
and Anti- Piracy
Piracy
Measures. By: Herrmann, Wilfried. Naval Forces, 2004, Vol. 25 Issue 2, pp. 18–25, 6p; (AN 13193917). Maritime Piracy
Piracy
in Southeast Asia. By: Liss, Carolin. Southeast Asian Affairs, 2003, p. 52, 17p; (AN 10637324). Pirates, Fishermen and Peacebuilding – Options for Counter- Piracy
Piracy
in Somalia. By: Bueger, Christian, Stockbruegger, Jan and Werthes, Sascha. Contemporary Security Policy, 2011, Vol. 32, No. 2. Modern Piracy. Naval Forces, 2005, Vol. 26 Issue 5, pp. 20–31, 7p; (AN 18506590). Terror on the High Seas. By: Koknar, Ali. Security Management, June 2004, Vol. 48 Issue 6, pp. 75–81, 6p; (AN 13443749) Goodman, Timothy H. 'Leaving the Corsair's name to other times:' How to enforce the law of sea piracy in the 21st century through regional international agreements / Timothy H. Goodman In: Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 31 (Winter 1999) nr.1, pp. 139–168. Piracy:Out of Sight, Out of Mind?, Goorangai, RANR Occasional Papers, August (2006) Royal Australian Navy Rogue Wave: Modern Maritime Piracy
Piracy
and International Law, Article published on the electronic magazine The Culture & Conflict Review of the United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California by Commander Osvaldo Peçanha Caninas Article in NPS site. Patriot Pirates: the privateer war for freedom and fortune in the American Revolution
American Revolution
by Robert H. Patton. New York : Pantheon Books, c2008. ISBN 9780375422843 Shearer, Ivan. Piracy, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (last updated October 2010) R. Chuck Mason, Piracy: A Legal Definition, Congressional Research Service (December 13, 2010)

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International courts (in order of foundation)

International Military Tribunal (Nuremberg Trials) International Military Tribunal for the Far East International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Special
Special
Court for Sierra Leone International Criminal Court Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia Special
Special
Panels of the Dili District Court Special
Special
Tribunal for Lebanon Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals

History

List of war crimes List of convicted war criminals Leipzig War
War
Crimes Trials

Related concepts

Command responsibility Superior orders Joint criminal enterprise Law of war Universal jurisdiction Non-combatant

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Piracy

Periods

Ancient Mediterranean Golden Age

Republic of Pirates Libertatia

21st century

Types of pirate

Privateers Buccaneers Corsairs Sindhi corsairs Timber pirate River pirate Brethren of the Coast Barbary pirates Moro pirates Wōkòu Vikings Ushkuiniks Narentines Cilician
Cilician
pirates Confederate privateer Baltic Slavic pirates Uskoks Cossack pirates Sea Beggars Sea Dogs Fillibusters

Areas

Caribbean Lake Nicaragua British Virgin Islands Strait of Malacca Somali Coast Sulu Sea Falcon Lake South China Coast Anglo-Turkish piracy Port Royal Tortuga Saint-Malo Barbary Coast Lundy Lagos Salé Spanish Main Gulf of Guinea Indonesia Barataria Bay Persian Gulf

Noted pirates

Mansel Alcantra Chui A-poo Louis-Michel Aury Joseph Baker Hayreddin Barbarossa Joseph Barss Samuel Bellamy Charlotte de Berry Black Caesar Blackbeard Eli Boggs Stede Bonnet Anne Bonny Hippolyte Bouchard Abshir Boyah Roche Braziliano Henri Caesar Roberto Cofresí William Dampier Liang Daoming Diabolito Peter Easton Henry Every Alexandre Exquemelin Vincenzo Gambi Charles Gibbs Pedro Gilbert Nathaniel Gordon Laurens de Graaf Michel de Grammont Calico Jack Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah Zheng Jing Jørgen Jørgensen Shirahama Kenki William Kidd Fūma Kotarō Jean Lafitte Limahong Samuel Hall Lord John Hawkins Bully Hayes Piet Pieterszoon Hein Moses Cohen Henriques Albert W. Hicks Nicholas van Hoorn Benjamin Hornigold Pierre Lafitte Olivier Levasseur Edward Low Hendrick Lucifer John Newland Maffitt Samuel Mason Henry Morgan Shap Ng-tsai Gan Ning François l'Olonnais Samuel Pallache Lawrence Prince Cai Qian Redbeard Bartholomew Roberts Lai Choi San Dan Seavey Ching Shih Benito de Soto Klaus Störtebeker Henry Strangways Cheung Po Tsai Dominique You Wang Zhi Zheng Zhilong

Categories

Piracy Pirates By nationality Barbary pirates Female pirates Years in piracy Fictional pirates

Pirate
Pirate
ships

Adventure Galley Fancy Ganj-i-Sawai Queen Anne's Revenge Quedagh Merchant Saladin Whydah Gally Marquis of Havana Ambrose Light York

Pirate
Pirate
hunters

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés Angelo Emo Richard Avery Hornsby Jose Campuzano-Polanco Robert Maynard Chaloner Ogle Pompey Woodes Rogers David Porter James Brooke Miguel Enríquez (privateer)

Pirate
Pirate
battles and incidents

Jiajing wokou raids Turkish Abductions Chepo Expedition Battle of Mandab Strait Battle of Pianosa Blockade of Charleston Battle of Cape Fear River Battle of Ocracoke Inlet Capture of the William Sack of Campeche Attack on Veracruz Raid on Cartagena Battle of Cape Lopez Capture of the Fancy Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
Campaign Battle of New Orleans Anti- Piracy
Piracy
in the Aegean Anti-piracy in the West Indies Capture of the Bravo Action of 9 November 1822 Capture of the El Mosquito Battle of Doro Passage Falklands Expedition Great Lakes
Great Lakes
Patrol Pirate
Pirate
attacks in Borneo Balanguingui Expedition Battle of Tysami Battle of Tonkin River Battle of Nam Quan Battle of Ty-ho Bay Battle of the Leotung Antelope incident North Star affair Battle off Mukah Salvador Pirates Battle of Boca Teacapan Capture of the Ambrose Light Irene incident 1985 Lahad Datu ambush Operation Enduring Freedom – HOA Action of 18 March 2006 Action of 3 June 2007 Action of 28 October 2007 Dai Hong Dan incident Operation Atalanta Carré d'As IV incident Action of 11 November 2008 Action of 9 April 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking Operation Ocean
Ocean
Shield Action of 23 March 2010 Action of 1 April 2010 Action of 30 March 2010 Action of 5 April 2010 MV Moscow University hijacking Operation Dawn of Gulf of Aden Operation Dawn 8: Gulf of Aden Beluga Nomination incident Battle off Minicoy Island Quest incident MT Zafirah hijacking MT Orkim Harmony hijacking

Slave trade

African slave trade Atlantic slave trade Arab
Arab
slave trade Barbary slave trade Blockade of Africa African Slave Trade Patrol Capture of the Providentia Capture of the Presidente Capture of the El Almirante Capture of the Marinerito Capture of the Veloz Passagera Capture of the Brillante Amistad Incident Capture of the Emanuela

Fictional pirates

Tom Ayrton Barbe Rouge Hector Barbossa Captain Blood Captain Crook Captain Flint José Gaspar Captain Hook Don Karnage Monkey D. Luffy Captain Nemo One Piece Captain Pugwash Red Rackham Captain Sabertooth Sandokan Long John Silver Jack Sparrow Captain Stingaree Roronoa Zoro

Miscellaneous

Truce of Ratisbon Piracy
Piracy
Act 1698 Piracy
Piracy
Act 1717 Piracy
Piracy
Act 1837 Paris Declaration Respecting Maritime Law Child pirate Golden Age of Piracy Jolly Roger Walking the plank Treasure
Treasure
map Buried treasure Pirate
Pirate
booty No purchase, no pay Marooning Pirate
Pirate
code Pirate
Pirate
utopia Victual Brothers Pirate
Pirate
Round Libertatia Sack of Baltimore A General History of the Pyrates Mutiny Pegleg Eyepatch Letter of marque Davy Jones' Locker Air pirate Space pirate

Lists

Pirates Privateers Timeline of piracy Pirate
Pirate
films Women in piracy Fictional pirates Pirates in popular culture List of ships attacked by Somali pirates

Literature

Treasure
Treasure
Island Facing the Flag On Stranger Tides Castaways of the Flying Dutchman The Angel's Command Voyage of Slaves Pirate
Pirate
Latitudes

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Pirates since the 1660s

Anne Bonny Bartholomew Roberts Benito de Soto Benjamin Hornigold Bill Johnson Blackbeard Calico Jack Charles Gibbs Charlotte de Berry Cheung Po Tsai Ching Shih Chui A-poo Diabolito Dixie Bull Dominique You Edward Jordan Edward Low Francis Drake François l'Olonnais Hayreddin Barbarossa Hendrick Lucifer Henry Every Henry Morgan Henry Strangways Henry Jennings Hippolyte Bouchard Jacques de Sores Jean Lafitte John Halsey Jørgen Jørgensen Joseph Baker Laurens de Graaf Michel de Grammont Nicholas van Hoorn Lawrence Prince Limahong Louis-Michel Aury Moses Cohen Henriques Pedro Gilbert Jose Campuzano-Polanco Peter Easton Pierre Lafitte Roche Braziliano Samuel Bellamy Samuel Mason Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah Roberto Cofresí Shirahama Kenki Stede Bonnet Vincenzo Gambi William Dampier William Kidd

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Treasure

Types and terms

Hoard Buried treasure Treasure
Treasure
trove List of missing treasure Treasure
Treasure
from shipwrecks

By period

Bronze Age Iron Age Classical antiquity Late Antiquity Medieval Europe (Viking)

By location

Azerbaijan Belgium Bulgaria France Germany Italy Poland Romania Russia Spain Turkey Ukraine United States

British Isles

Republic of Ireland United Kingdom Channel Islands Great Britain (Bronze Age Iron Age Roman) Ireland

Miscellaneous

List of treasure hunters Treasure
Treasure
map Treasure
Treasure
hunting

Category Commons

Authority control

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