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Date:10/31/2014 12:59:53 PM
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Hello Sprout!
I am running for BOTM for August. It's something I've never done before. I'm sure you know that for me to get into the Castle for August, that means I must get all my friends to vote for me in July. I see that you like pirates! Well, that is my "theme" I will be doing...a history about piracy! I will gladly share my knowledge with you for one of your votes! To show my good faith, I will share with you some pirate knowledge now! Don't be afraid. I have to get into pirate character.......

The Beginnings of Piracy..AAARRRR....

By the time man was able to design a floatation device & push off from shore, there has been piracy. Artifacts dating from the 14th Century BC show artistic depictions of "The Sea People" invading & pillaging the innocent along the Aegean & Mediterranean Seas. They would disembark & come in wielding their cutlasses killing just for the sport of it. They went by the names Illyrians & the Tyrrhenians but they weren't the only ones to resort to piracy for sustenance. So did the Romans, Greeks & Phoenicians! To be a "pirate" depended on what end of the sword you just happened to find yourself that day.

The Illyrians were a pirateering peoples that lived along the Western Balkan peninsula.& they constantly raided the Adriatic Sea. They are also well known for making conflicts with the early Roman Republics. Not until 168 BC did Rome conquer Illyria, making it a province, did they finally end the threat.

During the 1st century BC, pirate states lined the Anatolian coast that threatened the Roman Empire's trade routes. On one voyage in the eastern Aegean Sea in 75BC, a very young Julius Caesaur was kidnapped by Cilician pirates & held as a prisoner in Dodecanese islet of Pharmacusa. He kept a cheerful attitude but was still humiliated like all the prisoners that were held. The pirates were heard to be discussing his ransom & decided to ask 20 talents of gold. Julius Caesaur balked & said he was most certainly worth 50! He then gave the pirates a choice. To collect the 50 talents of gold or to allow him & his crew mates to be restored to their ship. Only restoring them to their ship would he spare their lives. The pirates laughed, asked & received the 50 talents of gold & Julius Caesaur was handed to his rescuers. Julius Caesaur returned to Rome where he built a FLEET, pursued & captured the pirates & crucified them all. mateys! Sometimes it just don't pay to get up in the mornin' when ye's a pirate! Tomorrow, we'll explain some more of them devilish demons of the sea! Thanky kindly fer yer vote & that gold piece I see in yer shoe!
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