Pirate Geek?!? Is this a warez site now?(34 posts)
Indeed, from historic accounts, pirates were a very friendly bunch of folks who even elected the captain of their ships. Their real goal was to make a living, not to harm folks. Any Violence was a by product of resistance to the way they conducted business. If their quarry gave up without a fight, then, for the most part, there was no violence at all.
Rick P. ♥ :)
Rick-Would you want to fight a bunch of phycos armed with cutlasses,truncheons,hooks for hands,black powder pistols to say nothing filthy-lice ridden bodies and rotted teeth at close range?I think the villagers and towns people smelled them coming and ran away!Anyway,"Arr,arr.Avast thar me hardies".
We watched the documentary on the History Channel.
It was really informative concerning life in that era.
I didn't know they elected their Captains and ran some ships like a Democracy.
Also didn't know that some Women were very successful Captains of pirate ships.
The time period between 1500 and 1700 is not really chronicled well in most western history books.
Rick P. ♥ :)
I watched the same documentary. Yes, I was surprised to find out that they "elected" their commander (but that was a prevalent mechanism in those days . . . even militia in the US Civil War did the same thing), and I was also surprised to see in that documentary that some women were prominent "pirates".
Nevertheless, that documentary didn't inspire any "sympathy" for their lifestyle . . . for me anyway.
Yes, it was "democratic" up to a point . . . as long as they were making money (plundering and raiding). But the minute they stopped making money, there was a mutiny and they either threw the incumbent out, or most often murdered him/her and the replacement lasted only as long as they were making money. Then the cycle repeated itself. Hardly a democracy. The only democratic thing about it was that they voted on which site to plunder.
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