The Golden Age of Piracy

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The Golden Age of Piracy

The Golden Age of Piracy

- Henry Morgan, a buccaneer who raided the Spaniards and took the city of Panama. - William "Captain" Kidd, he is famous for the 'buried treasure' he supposedly left behind. - Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard, was active from 1716 to 1718 as perhaps the most notorious pirate among English-speaking nations.

The battle for colonial supremacy occurred not only on land, but also on the sea. People who attacked ships for their valuables and did not care what nation the vessels represented, were pirates.


Jolly Roger

In its broadest accepted definition, the Golden Age of Piracy spans the 1650s to the 1730s and covers three separate outbursts of piracy:1. The buccaneering period of approximately 1650 to 1680, characterized by Anglo-French seamen based on Jamaica and Tortuga attacking Spanish colonies and shipping in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific.2. The Pirate Round of the 1690s, associated with long-distance voyages from the Americas to rob Muslim and East India Company targets in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.3. The post-Spanish Succession period extending from 1716 to 1726, when Anglo-American sailors and privateers, left unemployed by the end of the War of the Spanish Succession, turned en masse to piracy in the Caribbean, the North American eastern seaboard, the West Africancoast, and the Indian Ocean.


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