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|Pirate Sam Is Busy Digging A Deep
hole. to bury some treasure when he stops, listens, then peeks out of the sandy pit looking....AT YOU! ARRRGGHH! Now I have to stop this dig & start another site! We will have to move all this when ye leaves! Garrrr!!!
Piracy in the Caribbean declined for the next several decades after 1730, but by the 1810s many pirates roamed American waters though they were not as bold or successful as their predecessors. Throughout the first quarter of the 19th century, the United States Navy repeatedly engaged pirates in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and in the Mediterranean. Several warships were designed specifically for the task. The most successful pirates of the era were Jean Lafitte and Roberto Cofresi. Lafitte's ships operated primarily in the Gulf of Mexico but Cofresi's base was in Puerto Rico where he was considered a type of Robin Hood by many Puerto Ricans. Eventually he was defeated by the schooner USS Grampus & captured in 1825. The United States landed shore parties on several islands in the Caribbean in pursuit of pirates; Cuba was a major haven. By the 1830s piracy had died out again, & the navies of the region focused on the slave trade.
In 1827, Britain declared that participation in the slave trade was piracy, a crime punishable by death. The power of the Royal Navy was subsequently used to suppress the slave trade, & while some illegal trade (mostly with Brazil & Cuba) continued, the Atlantic slave trade would be eradicated by the middle of the 19th century.
In the 20th Century, one notable pirate active in the Caribbean was Boysie Singh. He operated off northern South America. He & his pirate gang killed several people & plundered their ships from 1947 to 1956.
Recently, with the proliferation of small private yachts cruising the Caribbean, piracy is again on the rise with many yachts being plundered & their crews often tortured, raped or slain.
Aye lads & lassies. Yer attention to me pirate info makes me proud we have so many pirate-wanna-bees!
It does shiver me timbers! See ye tomorrow & again, thank'ye kindley fer yer vote! SamIAm
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