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Ok, I know allot bout pirates, I know that they didn't use a plank and have a hook and a pretty wooden leg or buried treasure. Pirates live a tough life and the few that made it were famous. I always love them romantic tales and songs of pirates. I always wanted to be an 15th century pirate. Now i am in need of more knowledge of them, I searched the world looking for how they live, who they raided, who didn't like them and many more. Can anyone please tell me somthing that is not a known fact bout pirates, but it is a fact.
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You might like to take a look at this recent thread:
 
 
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Originally posted by The Canadian Guy The Canadian Guy wrote:

... Now i am in need of more knowledge of them, I searched the world looking for how they live, who they raided, who didn't like them and many more...
 
Gosh!
 
They raided my country! My ancestors hunged several of them in the top tree ConfusedConfused
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Wouldn't surprise me if some of your ancestors hanged some of mine. Unhappy
 
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""Can anyone please tell me somthing that is not a known fact bout pirates, but it is a fact. ""
 
They often used a shiptype called Xebec as privateer buissnes.
 
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Pirates were famous in Coquimbo, Chile. Above, Coquimbo United logo, a local soccer club.
 
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Coquimbo means “Place of Still Waters,” and the name came from the beautiful quiet bay upon which the city rests. Indigenous peoples used the natural harbor as a port long before the Spanish conquerors arrived.

Spain’s Pedro de Valdivia took the harbor in 1550. During the 1840s, mining made the Port of Coquimbo an important export center for gold and copper, and many Europeans (particularly the English) settled there. Today, the city boasts many buildings in English architectural styles and an English graveyard. It was officially recognized as a town in 1867.

The area is full of stories about pirates and corsairs that plundered the coast, and rumors of buried treasure abound. The area was visited by privateers like Francis Drake, Davies, and Sharp.

Modern Coquimbo is undergoing an urban renewal effort today, and tourism is becoming an important economic sector.

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One big question about pirates throughout history is whether they were acted "independently" or not. There often were a "grey zone" between warfare and piracy, and monarchs often legalised capturing of enemy cargoes. The man who was a pirate and villain in spanish territories could be a hero and the friend of the king - or queen (Perhaps Elisabeth 1. - Francis Drake) of England. At least as late as the Napoleonic wars much of the warfare at sea was realy "legalised" hunt for booty by private "investors". I do not know exactly when this practice of Royal permissions for plundering and ransomming stopped.
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For most of bthe world, privateering was outlawed by the Treaty of Paris in 1856. However, the US refused to sign and never has. The warring States in the Civil War commissioned privateers (and Rhet Butler captained one in Gone With the Wind).
 
In the 21st century several bills have been introduced into Congress to allow the government to commission privateers to hunt down terrorists and pirates but non of them have got anywhere.
 
(It's not particularly well known that Texas, when independent, commissioned its own privateers.)


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