Corsair Pirate Ship and History
The brigantine was quick and easy to maneuver due to its square-rigged foremast and fore-and-aft sails. One of the most popular vessels of the Caribbean pirates. A typical ship carried 100 pirates and had enough cannons to scare any ship.
Caribbean piracy was very popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. Since the government couldn’t afford to sponsor a navy, private ships would be hired to serve as the government’s Navy. These privateers would get payment from the government plus whatever they managed to loot from the enemy ships. The privateers would split part of the loot with the government. Noblemen would also hire these privateers to get some of the loot. This was considered a good investment.
In the 1630’s when escapes fled the colonies, they had to have very good survival skills such as boat construction, sailing, and hunting . These skills transferred very quickly into being a pirate. These pirates were referred to as Buccaneers. These types of pirates became very popular up to the 1700’s due to the many who fled the colonies.