Michaels privateers tormented the British fleet.
The town was sacked by American privateers in 1775.
Privateers had a licence by their government to attack enemy ships and keep any loot as payment.
PORT ROYAL, at the mouth of Kingston harbour, was once the largest city in the Caribbean, its population swollen by privateers paid by the English and the Dutch to attack Spanish ships.
The San Andrés archipelago was a sanctuary for privateers.
The treasure ships attracted bloodthirsty pirates and privateers.
Privateers and blockade-runners maintained a flow of vital goods from overseas.
In the 17th century it was a stronghold of privateers and pirates from various countries.
English privateers captured Spanish ships carrying treasure from the New World and from Africa.
U.S. naval ships battled the French navy and privateers in the Caribbean Sea for the next two years.
Curiously, however, the British never protected their home waters against naval raiders and privateers.
Throughout the revolutionary period the town’s port was a base for privateers who preyed upon British ships around Manhattan.
Frequently, it was impossible to restrain the activities of privateers within the legitimate bounds laid down in their commissions.
These and other privateers reaped rich rewards—chiefly at the expense of Spain—from plundering, piracy, smuggling, and the slave trade.
., on April 8, Genêt immediately began commissioning privateers and making plans to use U.S. ports for a campaign against British commerce.
During the Napoleonic wars, the plundering of U.S. ships by French privateers led to an undeclared naval war with France between 1798 and 1801.
Still, American privateers swarmed around the British Isles, and by the end of the war they had captured 1,500 British merchant ships and 12,000 sailors.
The English realized quickly that their merchant ships had to carry enough cannon and other firepower to defend their factories at Bombay and elsewhere and to ward off pirates and privateers on the…
The buccaneers were largely inspired by the example of 16th-century seamen such as Sir Francis Drake, but they are to be distinguished from genuine privateers because the commissions that they held were seldom valid.
Shortly afterward they became involved in the confrontation between Muslims and Christians in the Maghrib through the exploits of two Muslim privateers, ʿArūj and his brother Khayr al-Dīn Barbarossa, who occupied Algiers in 1516 and made it a base for operations against the Spaniards.
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