Portrait of Sayyida al-Hurra

The Establishment of the Barbary Region

May 13, 2022

The Barbarossa Brothers allied with Sayyida al-Hura in order to both establish the Ottoman authority in the region and to make the Barbary states independent of Spain. […]

Barbary Corsair Flag

The Corsairs of the Maghreb

May 12, 2022

The corsairs seem to have sought the help of the Europeans themselves to attack some of their European targets. What made these people unique from other pirates is their connection to religious issues. […]

Illustration of pirate skull

Some Famous Elizabethan Sea Dogs

April 28, 2022

The sea dogs were roguish privateers who were authorized during Elizabeth’s reign to carry anti-Spanish commissions. Sir Martin Frobisher and Sir John Hawkins were two famous sea dogs. […]

A compass and nautical themed background to show the concept of piracy.

Piracy and the Era of the ‘Sea Dogs’

April 27, 2022

In 1600s, the sailors who engaged in illegal trading and the sailors who did pirating often overlapped. In England, there were many politicians and admiralty officials, and occasionally the Queen, who protected these sailors. […]

Pirate flag flying

The Rise of Black Pirates

April 17, 2022

Black pirates rose as a result of rebellions in ships with black crew members. They were cruel, often murderous, but there is no evidence showing that black pirates used walking the plank as a method of execution. […]

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