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17th-18th Century Pirates: The Basics

The one half of this unlikely duo SACANTICS is inspired by is the 17th-18th Century Pirates. A time period which was dubbed the 'Golden Age of Piracy'.


Pirate historians often subdivide the Golden Age of Piracy into three periods:

- The Buccaneering Period (1650-1680)

- The Pirate Round (1690's)

- The Post-Spanish Succession Period (1715-1726)


In a nutshell, Piracy gave the deprived working man the opportunity to escape the drudgery of life on land, and instead live a better way of life with the chance to make possible riches beyond their wildest dreams.


At a time with an abundance of unemployed sea merchants, sailors and privateers, Piracy gave them a choice between starvation and beggary or freedom and riches.

Becoming a pirate represented a radical and in someways more positive alternative way of life, rejecting the unfair existing order on land in favour of the romantic on sea.


These Pirates prowled the Caribbean and Atlantic Coast of North America, as well as the West Coast of Africa and Indian Ocean in search of anything they could get their hands on in order for survival, as well as of course gold, silver and jewels.

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