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#107 - thechosentroll (06/30/2013) [-]
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Actually, regular sailors were even more brutal and ********* at the time. They were also practically slaves. The reason most sailors turned to piracy was in order to get some freedom and cash. Some traded, some looted, some demanded protection fees, but very few were the "rape everyone, take everything that isn't nail down, kill everyone and burn what's left" kind of pirate. Heck, some of those ships even had their own little democracy with an elected captain. Some were more civilized than the people back on land.
User avatar #136 to #107 - hudis (06/30/2013) [-]
I'm guessing it's a similar tale to the popular view of vikings. Vikings weren't primarily raiders and killers; most were farmers and merchants and explorers. Pillaging is an effective way to supply your men, though, so a minority occupied themselves with that while the majority only did it when they had to - but it's the victims of the raids that wrote the history books, so it's fair to say that the impression of what both vikings and pirates/privateers were all about is a bit skew.
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