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Date:10/1/2014 4:09:53 PM
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There's More Meat On The Bone Fer Pirating ARRR!
Now's the time to tell ye of the " pirate republic". I know that sounds farfetched but it be true!

A fine example of a pirate republic in Europe from the 16th through the 18th century was Zaporizhian Sich. It were siituated in the remote Steppe. It was populated with Ukrainian peasants that had run away from their feudal masters, outlaws of every sort, destitute gentry, run-away slaves from Turkish galleys, etc. The remoteness of the place & the rapids at the Dnepr river effectively guarded the place from invasions of vengeful powers. The main target of the inhabitants of Zaporizhian Sich who called themselves "Cossacks" were rich settlements at the Black Sea shores of Ottoman Empire & Crimean Khanate. By 1615-1625, Zaporozhian Cossacks had even managed to raze townships on the outskirts of Istanbul, forcing the Ottoman Sultan to flee his palace. Don Cossacks under Stenka Razin even ravaged the Persian coasts.

The Barbary corsairs were pirates & privateers that operated from North African (the "Barbary Coast") ports of the countries of Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli & ports in Morocco, preying on shipping in the western Mediterranean Sea from the time of the Crusades as well as on ships on their way to Asia around Africa until the early 19th century. The coastal villages & towns of Italy, Spain & Mediterranean islands were frequently attacked by them & long stretches of the Italian & Spanish coasts were almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants; after 1600 Barbary corsairs occasionally entered the Atlantic & struck as far north as Iceland. According to Robert Davis " between 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were captured by Barbary corsairs & sold as slaves in North Africa & the Ottoman Empire between the 16th & 19th centuries.(Robert Davis: historian who wrote the book Christian Slaves Muslim Masters, White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500 to 1800) The most famous corsairs were the Ottoman Hayreddin & his older brother Oruç Reis (Redbeard), Turgut Reis (known as Dragut in the West), Kurtoglu (known as Curtogoli in the West), Kemal Reis, Salih Reis and Koca Murat Reis. A few Barbary corsairs, such as the Dutch Jan Janszoon & the English John Ward (Muslim name Yusuf Reis), were renegade European privateers who had converted to Islam.

According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States treated captured Barbary corsairs as prisoners of war, indicating that they were considered as legitimate privateers by at least some of their opponents, as well as by their home countries.

From Eastern Europe ye have them Cossacks & Uskoks building a republic of misfits but smart enough to establish themselves near rapids! That be a bit of pirate safety measurements!

Then in North Africa ye have them rascals the Barbary corsairs! 1 million to 1.25 million Europeans taken captive! And where did they ALL GO? I thank ye fer ye vote!.
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