Golden Age of Piracy (Anteria)
The Golden Age of Piracy is a common designation for the period between the 1680s and the 1750s, when maritime piracy was a significant factor in the histories of the Aestas Sea, Paisi Ocean, the Laurentine, the coasts of various modern-day Thrismari countries, and other bodies of water.
Histories of piracy often subdivide the Golden Age of Piracy into four periods:
The Rising Storm Period between 1680 and 1708: which saw the rise of several prominent historical pirates first gaining footholds against the world's naval powers.
The Pirate Lord Period between 1708 and 1729: in which these prominent pirates where unmatched and "ruled the seas." This was the most dangerous time to conduct trade. This period also saw the creation of several pirate sanctuaries.
The Retaliation Period between 1729 and 1747: which saw naval powers pushback against the Pirate Lords in an effort to regain control of the seas and bring such pirates to justice. Many notable pirates where killed during this time.
and the Wanning Years Period between 1747 and 1758: which saw most remaining pirates fade, retire, or pass on. The naval powers of the world have near full control of the seas once again.
Narrower definitions of the Golden Age sometimes exclude the third or fourth periods, but always include the first and second. The modern conception of pirates as depicted in popular culture is derived largely, although not always accurately, from the Golden Age of Piracy.
Factors contributing to piracy during the Golden Age included the rise in quantities of valuable cargoes being shipped to Meredonne over vast ocean areas, reduced western navies in certain regions, the training and experience that many sailors had gained in various navies, and corrupt and ineffective governments in overseas colonies. Colonial powers at the time constantly fought with pirates and engaged in several notable battles and other related events.
Pirates of the Era