Pirates: An Overview

Goodwin, Chuck
March 2016
Points of View: Pirates;3/1/2016, p1
An overview of pirates and piracy is presented. The rise of piracy in areas including the Gulf of Aden and the Straits of Malacca is described. Vocabulary such as "Barbary Corsair," "Letter of Marque," and "Privateer" are defined. Particular focus is given to the history of piracy dating back to ancient Greek and Roman civilization, attempts to protect vessels from pirates, and the rise of modern piracy in the waters around areas of political instability.


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