Piracy Any robbery or other violent action, for private ends and without authorization by public authority, committed on the seas or in the air outside the normal jurisdiction of any state.
Because piracy has been regarded as an offense against the law of nations, the public vessels of any state have been permitted to seize a pirate ship, to bring it into port, to try the crew (regardless of their nationality or domicile), and, if found guilty, to punish them and to confiscate the ship.
A key point in the definition of piracy: according to international law, is that the act takes place outside the normal jurisdiction of a state, without state authority, and that the intent is private, not political. Thus, although acts of unlawful warfare, acts of insurgents and revolutionists, mutiny, and slave trading have been defined as piracy by national laws of various countries or by special treaties, they are not, in most cases, piracy by the law of nations.
Pirate of the Caribbean: Thomas Cavendish repels a native attack
Piracy has occurred in all stages of history.
In the ancient Mediterranean, piracy was often closely related
to maritime commerce, and the Phoenicians appear to have engaged
in both, as did the Greeks, Romans, and Carthaginians. In
the Middle Ages, Vikings from the north and Moors from the
south also engaged in piracy. At the conclusion of European
wars during the Renaissance and after, naval vessels would
be laid up and their crews disbanded. From among these men,
pirates recruited their crews. A common source of piracy,
for instance, was the privateer, a privately owned and armed
ship commissioned by a government to make reprisals, to gain
reparation for specified offenses in time of peace, or to
prey upon the enemy in time of war, with the right of the
officers and crew to share in prize money from captured vessels.
The temptation was great to continue this profitable business
after the war without authorization. During the Elizabethan
wars with Spain in the late 16th century, treasure-laden Spanish
galleons proceeding from Mexico into the Caribbean were a
natural target for privateers, and the line between privateering
and piracy became difficult to draw.
Pirate of the Caribbean. From the 16th to the 18th century, after the weakening of Turkish rule had resulted in the virtual independence of the Barbary States of North Africa, piracy became common in the Mediterranean. Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli so tolerated or even organized piracy that they came to be called pirate states. In the early 19th century they were suppressed by successive actions of American, British, and French forces.
Pirate of the Caribbean: A map of Charlestown
The increased size of merchant vessels, the improved naval patrolling of most ocean highways, the regular administration of most islands and land areas of the world, and the general recognition by governments of piracy as an international offense resulted in a great decline in piracy in the 19th and 20th centuries. Piracy has, however, occurred in the 20th century in the South China Sea, and the practice of hijacking ships or airplanes has developed into a new form of piracy. Much of the Piracy in the Caribbean may be related to drug smuggling. In the South China Seas, much of the piracy is typical of the piracy that has plagued the oceans since man first ventured off to sea.
Typically, armed thugs will try to sneak on board a ship and try and overcome the crew in an attempt to steal the cargo. Today, the sloop had been replaced by small motorboats. Often ships are attacked while docked and most of the crew is away. Typically the pirates of today are armed with axes and long knives. Occasionally some may have guns. They tend not to fight hard and prefer to flee if the crew manages to organize any kind of defense.
During 2004 pirates preying on shipping were more violent than ever in. In that year Pirates murdered a total of 30 crew members, compared with 21 in 2003, accroding to the ICC International Maritime Bureau 2004 Annual report on piracy.. The number of attacks reported worldwide through the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur was 325, down from the 445 recorded in 2003...
Pirate of the Caribbean: The movie 1
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Pirate of the Caribbean is a sweeping action-adventure story set in an era when villainous pirates scavenged the Caribbean seas. This roller coaster tale teams a young man, Will Turner, with an unlikely ally in rogue pirate Jack Sparrow. Together, they must battle a band of the world's most treacherous pirates, led by the cursed Captain Barbossa, in order to save Elizabeth, the love of Will's life, as well as recover the lost treasure that Jack seeks. Against improbable odds, they race towards a thrilling, climactic confrontation on the mysterious Isla de Muerta. Clashing their swords in fiece mortal combat, Will and Jack attempt to recapture The Black Pearl ship, save the British navy, and relinquish a fortune in forbidden treasure thereby lifting the curse of the Pirates of the Caribbean.