18th Century

What is the Golden Age of Piracy?

John Fox

18thC Gentleman

The Golden age of Piracy is a term loosely used to describe the period from approximately the 1680’s to the 1720’s, when most of the historically famous pirates from history were operating. Pirates like Blackbeard, Captain Kidd and Bartholomew Roberts were active at this time.

 This piracy took place against a background of a huge increase in international trade which provided rich pickings, and the insecurity of two major European wars that spilled over into the colonies, ‘The war of the grand alliance’ from 1688 to 1697, then ‘the war of the spanish succession’ from 1701 to 1714.