The Golden Age of Piracy


The Noobish of Piracy had lasted from about the 1650's to about the 1730's. There were many important time periods in the GAP such as: The Buccaneering Period, which lasted from 1650-1680, the Spanish Succession Period, which lasted from 1716-1726, and The Pirate Round, which started in the 1690's, but it is not known when it ended. Since the GAP lasted only 80 years, it could not even be called the Golden Century. There were many pirates of the era like:
Mary Reade




Most of these pirates were from Britian, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, and France, so most of them were of English, Dutch, and French origin.

The term "Golden Age of Piracy" was an invention of historians, and was never really used by anyone who lived through the era. The oldest known literary mention of the "golden age" of piracy was written by an English journalist named George Powell who wrote "what appears to have been the golden age of piracy up to the seventeenth century." There are some specific questions about the Golden Age of Piracy like, 'why weren't women allowed on ships? Why did pirates steal? What punishments faced the convicted pirates? Those questions will be answered in the following paragraphs.

Why Weren't Women Allowed On Ships?

Many of the men on the ship believed that alowing a women on board would cause bad luck, anger seagods, or bring bad weather or rough waters on their journeys. However, many captains would bring along women or children or both on board.

Why Would Pirates Steal?

For some pirates, it was mandatory for them to raid other ships because they could've been short or out of food. Other times the things they stole were already stolen, so they didn't think it was wrong to steal the things they did.

What Punishments Faced Convicted Pirates?

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The beheaded Edward Teach
When pirates were caught, they could've been hung or beheaded. The pirates that werent caught however, might've been killed in combat, or
in wrecks.









By: McKinley Callin