A Pirates, a danger in many seas
Permanent danger. Piracy is a real threat. In some places one profession was considered like another. They are engaged in piracy, in places like Somalia, or the Gulf of Guinea.
Piracy in History
A lucrative activity valued since the dawn of time
Piracy has existed since ancient times. But both before and now the misdeeds of pirates continues to be a profitable activity. Now the business of piracy, with the kidnappings of ships and people, is on an international level. In the City of London, specialized offices of insurance companies do the procedures to pay the ransoms and recover the boats or people.
Pirates on the prowl
Crowds of pirate camps await their chance
Piracy has been carried out since ancient times. Greek, Berber, Chinese, Malaysian pirates etc became famous at different times. Piracy existed in all ages. Nowadays, Somali pirates are the ones who give the most to speak for their boarding of merchant ships, oil tankers and even pleasure yachts.
Famous movie pirates
They are part of Literature and Cinema
The cinema has turned this criminal activity into a romantic profession practiced on paradisiacal islands with beautiful settings. It has become popular and great movies have been made. Pirates like the bloody Olones, Bartolomeu, Jack Calicó or pirate women like Mary Read or Anne Bonny have become part of legend and literature.
The city of Saint Maló
An impregnable city in the North of France
France had its pirate city on the English Channel. This city was enriched by the expeditions first pirates and then corsairs. Strongly walled and situated on a peninsula it was easily defensible. The different attempts to occupy the place were a failure for the attackers, who always had to retreat without achieving their objective.
Piracy has always existed in the world
And it continues to exist in Africa, Southeast Asia, etc.
Piracy has been practiced since ancient times and was a socially well regarded profession. Especially if the boat catches were boats from other countries.
There were countries that sought their development abroad by financing pirate or corsair expeditions. England used pirates and later corsairs to maintain and establish itself in the Caribbean Sea. The island of Jamaica, taken by the English, was not attacked by the Spanish despite being the most important foreign point, by the thousands of pirates and dozens of pirate ships that docked in its port.
All the successes of the English pirates who provided benefits to the English Crown were celebrated by her and the most prominent privateers were rewarded with honors and titles of nobility. This was the case with Francis Drake or Henry Morgan.
Something similar happened in the Mediterranean Sea, but in this case his protector was the Ottoman Turkish Sultan. The mythical pirate Barbarossa, heir to a saga of pirates, became a privateer in the service and to obtain the protection of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire: his services were rewarded with the title of Admiral of the Turkish Navy.
Piracy continues today, and it moves a lot of money. Having great importance in Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Philippines, and areas of Africa, such as the horn of Africa, as a highlight Somalia.