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Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence by ship or boat-borne attackers upon another ship or a coastal area, typically with the goal of stealing cargo and other valuable items or properties.

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Are there any good records about the alleged 17th Century bucaneer Vincenzo Alessandri?

Allegedly, there was a buccaneer and former Knight of Malta, Vincenzo Alessandri (died 1657). He has a very brief Wikipedia entry (, but the only ...
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Do we have any records of what pirates during the golden age of piracy would actually sing?

In almost EVERY Hollywood depiction of Pirates the pirates almost always sing some sort of song/sea shanty. But do we have any actual records of what songs the pirates of golden age of piracy (1650 to ...
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How did pirates back in the day not get killed themselves when they attacked ships? [closed]

Maybe I'm completely misinformed about how things were done "back in the day" (I imagine 1600s-1800s, when all ships were completely made out of wood with sails), but once the pirates had ...
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Was there a dry dock available to pirate ships during the golden age of piracy?

Was there a dry dock somewhere on one of the pirate havens during the 17th century, where a pirate-controlled Galleon could go to get extensive repairs done by career carpenters or shipwrights? I have ...
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How difficult was to escape from a naval battle after engaging into one during the Age of Sail?

So, I am designing a board game which includes pirates/imperial battles during the age of sail. While I have found a lot of information on the internet as well as books, papers and of course other ...
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Is there evidence to suggest the British Parliament was reluctant to deal with the Nassau Pirates because they made a convenient bogeyman?

In the historic TV Series Black Sails we see a character Thomas Hamilton (circa 1706) in London acting to end piracy in Nassau: Determined to end the pirate threat in Nassau, Thomas enlisted ...
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