Who Were The First Pirates?


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Amman Aamir answered
Piracy, which is robbery on the high seas, has been going on for thousands of years.
Even ancient Greek and Roman ships were often attacked by pirates in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. In fact, the pirates became so powerful that they set up their own kingdom in part of what is now Turkey. The Romans had to send an expedition to destroy them in the year 67 B.C.

A great period of piracy lasted from the 1300's to 1830. Pirates established themselves in ports of northern Africa in what were called the Barbary States: Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. They would capture and loot European ships that sailed the Mediterranean and sell their passengers and crews into slavery or hold them for ransom. This piracy did not stop until the French conquered Algiers in 1830.

One of the names we have for pirates is "buccaneers". These were the pirates who operated during the late 1500's and 1600's in the Spanish Main. Originally the term "Spanish Main" meant the Caribbean coast of Central and South America. In buccaneering days it usually meant the Caribbean Sea itself.

The buccaneers were mostly sailors and runaway servants from different countries who had gathered on the islands and in the harbours of the West Indies. They hunted wild cattle and dried the meat over grills called "Boucans", and that's how the buccaneers got their name.

Pirates often buried their gold, silver, and jewels in the ground. They wanted to keep their hiding places secret. There are many people who believe that a great deal of buried pirate treasure is still to be found along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas.
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Anonymous commented
Most of the information in the above answer is correct, however, pirates often spent any money or "booty" they acquired as soon as it hit their hands. They did not bury it, that is a common misconception and is in fact a myth. Pirates were poor and most were horrible at money management and usually died in poverty, if not from fighting then from illness.
Anonymous commented
Most of the information above is correct, however, pirates did not burry their treasure; it is a common misconception and is in fact a myth. Pirates were horrible at money management and often spent all of their money as soon as it hit their hands. Unfortunately for them most pirates died, as a result of fighting or illness, in poverty.
Sabby H
Sabby H commented
I just want to disagree with the Guest that commented saying that pirates didn't bury treasure. It is true, not too many did, however some did. Such as Capt. William Kidd. That is how he was convicted of piracy and hung at the gallows.

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