Laws against pirates, countries unite
Patents of marque reduced. Faced with piracy and marquees, countries reacted. Laws have been made to stop and punish pirates. Some were the temporary sentences of prison or life imprisonment, in others even death.
The narrow difference between pirates and corsairs
In many cases they went from the practice of Corso authorized by the Kings, to Piracy
Chartered privateers were good business, they got wealth and slaves. Well-traded individuals, nobles and even bishops financed corsair expeditions that provided them with good benefits.
The privateers used the laws to their advantage, and obtained a Certificate of Corso
Laws of the Countries against Pirates of little weight, when they were not needed to sneakily attack another country
Spanish Penal Code
A Perpetual or Temporary Chain punishment is granted to crimes such as:
If a boat is caught either when boarding or shooting.
If they produce a crime of assault with injury, homicide or murder.
They will abandon the victims without means of salvation.
They did not respect the rules of honesty.
Countries have punished the Pirates. There were times when piracy was a problem for many nations. At this time they were dictating common rules and were preparing to fight against Piracy.
Punished by the laws of any country that captures pirates
Acts of piracy are considered and punished, such as:
Seize boats by force or with illegal methods. Stop a ship and loot its goods.
Sink a ship. Sail the seas in order to carry out acts of piracy.