Originally accepted for their part in plundering treasure to help build empires, by the 19th century pirates were considered to be unacceptable robbers and raiders. At this time, they were often portrayed as disabled and evil, with eye patches, wooden legs and hooks, for example R.L. Stevenson’s Long John Silver, or J.M. Barrie’s Captain Hook. In fact, pirates had a simple social security system long before anyone else. They all had shares in the crew’s common purse so, if one was injured and disabled, he was given money for his needs and was unlikely to go on seafaring.

Published in: on February 3, 2007 at 3:10 am  Comments Off on Pirates  
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