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Still with us today - It's hard to believe that pirates are back in our world. In many ways, the Somali pirates bear a striking resemblance to those of the so-called "Golden Age" of pirates in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Piracy expert Eric Browne says, "Piracy requires certain circumstances in order to thrive...

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Pirate Democracy

Sociologists from Florida who are studying old-fashioned pirates who sailed the oceans in the 17th and 18th centuries (not the modern, movie kind) say that pirates were pioneers when it came to exploring new territory and meeting the native peoples they found there.

Researcher Jason Acosta says, "Hollywood really has given pirates a bum...

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