The Discovery of the Caribbean led to the development of the piracy trade
Columbus discovered many places including the Caribbean and immediately after discovery, it became a hub for trade by Europeans. They also made it a big market for slavery and colonization took place. The Europeans who captured these areas were mostly Portuguese or Spanish. After some time they started fighting amongst each other but later on they drew a line and owned their areas and colonies.
The Spanish had areas of the Americas and those areas which were rich in mines like those of silver. They hired people to excavate silver and in 16th century they started exporting the silver and gold to their own countries as demand for precious metal was high in Europe. They started making money but the news spread out and many pirates came to capture their share. In those days many famous sea battles were fought and the number of pirates on high seas increased. They not only fought to grab the gold and silver but they also fought amongst themselves to get the fortunes.
The governments reinforced their naval forces to fight these pirates in battles on the deep seas. New weapons were developed to fight the pirates. The pirates also increased their numbers and hired more people. They also got new weapons and made their ships strong. There were pirates who became so rich that the mounted strong metal in front of their ships and used to ram their ships into the government ships. The metal cover in front would break the wooden ships and cause huge damage thus making the government or merchant ships unable to move forward or survive. History is full of these great battles which were fought between merchant ships and the pirates.
The Spanish also adopted a new technique of making convoys of ships. They used to get together and embark upon a journey in a group. They also accompanied hired armed ships to protect the convoy and the cost for the escort was born by all the ships of that particular group. Initially this approach was successful and many pirates were defeated through this method of journey and accompanied armed escorts but later the pirates also increased their strength and attacked the ships with more force. Although the pirates faced lots of problem now and lost many of their comrades, but they continued to attack the ships laden with silver and gold as it was the only way they knew to earn their living.
Pirates may have been inspired by the ancient Romans
Let me share with you a famous fight pirates had in the history of piracy. There have been many fights and wars mentioned in the history of piracy and on many, famous movies have been made. Piracy is very old and over the ages pirates ruled the seas. As pirates became famous for their good or bad deeds, there are famous fighters who fought these pirates and earned their names for courage and valor. One of the great names who fought and killed pirates is Julius Caesar. In approximately 80 BC, pirates had grown very strong and did not consider any ship capable of beating them. So they attacked a ship which belonged to Rhodes and in those days they were very close to Romans.
On this ship, the famous Julius Caesar was on board and was captured by the pirates. On the ship under the custody of the pirates, Julius Caesar kept his cool and did not show his true worth. He kept making jokes and kept telling stories under detention and the pirates thought he was just a normal citizen. He spent his time under captivity without any problem and did not show his true identity. Though sometimes, in a manner of teasing or through jokes, he conveyed to the pirates that he was not a normal citizen, his claims were not taken seriously by the pirates. The pirates asked for ransom and once they got the ransom they released all their captives. Before getting released, Julius Caesar warned the pirates that after his release, he would be taking revenge on them. But the pirates just treated his warning as a joke.
After getting the ransom, pirates made fun of everyone on board and released them. Julius Caesar did not forgive the pirates. After getting released he immediate took his army aboard four ships and went after the pirates. The pirates never expected anything like to happen that fast and they were docked happily at the same place. Julius Caesar attacked the pirates and fought a great battle with them. He captured all thirty pirates and killed them on spot.
This was a very famous fight and many books have been written on this war. Movies have also been made and people have liked these movies. There are many version of this fight in the history; however, it is accepted by everyone that Julius Caesar fought and killed all the pirates who captured him.
Pirates are no longer as fashionable as they once were
Today we do not like pirates and in the African waters Somali pirates have created terror amongst all the seamen. But there was a time when people liked pirates and this was because of the pirates helping poor and needy people. In those days kings often treated people like animals extorting money from every common person and they were using services of poor people without giving them the right amount of pay in return. Pirates came to the help of poor people. They used to capture rich and loot their money and then distribute that wealth amongst the poor. The poor people got some relief and started treating the pirates as their heroes. During the Roman period, people started liking pirates as they were fighting for poor people and were also helping them financially and with jobs. This was in retaliation to the behavior of the kings and the palace which treated these people like slave and not like their own people.
But a time came when Romans started to hate them. Realizing the situation, the ministers of the state advised their kings to start fighting with the pirates otherwise love of people for pirates would increases and shall be a great threat to the kings and their kingdom. This hate emanated from the palace as they became afraid due to the increasing love of the people for the pirates. Thus the kingdom announced that the pirates were the enemies of not only the Romans but also they were enemies of the whole world. So they adopted many measures to stop easy arrival of the pirates at the ports.
The pirates used to come to the ports freely and used to unload their looted wealth. But now the Kings army started fighting the pirates and started looting and killing the pirates. They used to sell slaves for good money but as the state turned against pirates, they were being attacked by the regular army; they also changed their method of operation.
Now instead of selling slaves and bringing slaves from African countries, they started abducting rich and influential people and started asking for ransom money. The Romans also prepared their Navy and provided them with ships to fight the pirates at the seas. Thus the wars between the Royal navy and pirates started and many famous wars were fought in next few hundred years.
It was a gloomy day, one that could only become worse. The grey clouds loomed over the sky threateningly. The distant thunders slowly grew louder as the drizzling began. Soon the wind started to pick up as well. The oceans waves rolled higher and stronger, growing relentless, increasing the danger for the men at sea for pirates in their costumes of war. For people living on the dry ground, this weather may be the most beautiful weather they ever experienced in their lives but for the people traveling on the high seas, this weather can be the sound of death and destruction.
The trouble is that this storm could bring for one small ship and endanger their lives. Very few brave men risked their lives to go out to the vast blue waters of the Mediterranean. Everyone knew of the never ending oceans, of the unknown inhabitants of the sea that could engulf them if anything were to go wrong, the endless sea sickness, the hunger pangs at the loss of food and most deadly of all were the battles at sea.
Always bloody and gruesome, pirate battles were nearly never won. This statement is almost true as we have few stories of brave men fighting and winning the battles at sea but these stories can be counted on your finger tips. Pirates always had the upper hand and whenever they struck, it would end in nothing but loss of life and money. Very few of the brave men that dwelled on the seas ever actually escaped. And when they reached safe ground, they would add stories which were not true but were just included and told so that people did not consider them cowards. But they would rather have died after the fatal and traumatizing experience that they went through. Many of the innocent men that survived went on to become living examples of the horrors that the beastly pirates of the sea could inflict.
They lived whole of their lives in fear later on. These survivors would have to live their entire lives with deep scars; some even lost a limb or two. But that’s not all; they were forced to watch their fellow crewmen die in front of their very eyes deepening their scars even more. Many of these lucky survivors were given therapy but one can never get over the loss of friends and companions.
Piracy is a word that came to light as far back as the ancient Greeks.
Today, people who perform piracy are known as pirates. As the world of commerce has progressed, some people have felt the need to turn to piracy with the decreasing economic conditions of the poor and the growth of the wealth of the powerful. The geographical layout of the Mediterranean helped pirates in achieving their goals and also helped increase their number.A symbol of membership would be of a crew member all dressed up in their pirate costumes.
As the years went by, pirates became more skilled and kept developing in all aspects of their notorious operations. Soon, there came a time when pirates started dividing into different groups. These groups were called crews and were accompanied by a leader they referred to as their Captain. As the number of crews became larger, the need for power amongst the pirates also increased and they soon rivaled each other. Things became so serious that soon pirates began to kill each other in the hope of gaining the other’s treasure. Battles would wage at sea, each as deadly as the previous. Some would finish off in a matter of days, others would continue for months and months, dragging on like there was no end to it, taking down whomever and whatever that came in the way of the ferocious and sometimes grotesque conflicts.
The pirates began to rule parts of the ocean, making the waters unsafe. People were afraid of shipping their goods. They were always under constant threat of being raided . Travelling by sea became a suicide mission, for people did not want to be dragged into a fight against pirates. An encounter with them would always lead to loss and bloodshed. No longer were the open waters of the Mediterranean safe. At times, the greed for wealth led the pirates to land where they raided and sometimes destroy small towns, leaving not a single soul to live.
Many tried to rid the seas of these unwanted raiders but these rescue parties were welcomed by pirates whom had grown to love the violence. Many heroes died at sea and the pirates continued with their unruly ways, not stopping for anything. There greed grew and they continued to fight to fulfill their greedy ways. To this they pirates roam the seas in search for more food and money, never stopping in their quest and leaving a bloody trail behind themselves.