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I will explore the history of the first pirates giving background needed to understand piracy in early Europe I will take you on a journey through the life of Pirates and Privateers in early Europe I will look at how the roles of Pirates and Privateers have changed over time and how opposing governments used them to help fight their wars I will also look at the changes in the technology used by Pirates and PrivateersRecordings dating as far back as 4000 years tell of the threat of pirate raids to merchant ships These pirate raids occurred mainly in the Persian golf and Mediterranean Sea because substantial sea trade existed in this area Pirates were credited with causing economic leading to inflation famine and general misery Laws to combat the problem of piracy were introduced by the Babloianian Cuneiform script as part of the code of Hammurabi 1948-1905BC The code was simply a combination of laws from earlier time periods Egypt was one of the wealthiest countries at this time and so had the most to lose to piracy Egypt had its own laws to combat piracy A law issued by Hammurabi during his reign 1350-1315 BC stated that If the poor man in order to serve the pharaoh made for himself a craft with its sailsand he was robbed of the craft and the dues the poor man stood reft of his goods and stripped of his many labors This is wrong and the pharaoh will suppress it by excellent measures The need for laws to protect the citizens of Egypt demonstrates the urgency to combat significant loss that was taking place due to piracy In 1200 BC most of the pirates were driven out of Egyptian waters because of the new laws led to a navel assault on pirate shipsOver the years pirates have evolved and their numbers grown as populations increased leading to more trade via the sea
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