DEMOCRATIC OUTLAWS ?
Pirates, the outlaws of the sea. If like me, the first idea that comes to mind regarding
pirates is a group of raiding and plundering individuals. This is due to today’s society glamorizing
the pirates as fascinating characters. Historically, not much written information has been left
behind. The pirates did not leave ship logs or accounts of plunders, because it could be used to
incriminate them. Society today has invented the pirates to fit a romantic mold. Therefore, we
grew up thinking of treasure hunts, sea battles, sword fights and plank walkers, when in actuality
the pirates of old were loathed by society. During the Golden Age of Piracy, during the 17th and
18th centuries, pirates were regarded as common criminals of the seas without thought to
democracy/justice or civility. In short, the pirates had no decency. However, is there some truth
to the glamorized legends? C...