Explorers, Pirates and Privateers
At first glance, explorers and pirates don't
appear to belong on the same site. However,
they are intrinsically linked by privateers.
All privateers were effectively 'licensed'
pirates, and some of the famous privateers from
the 16th century, such as Drake and Hawkins,
were also explorers.
There was also a link between pirates and
privateers. Privateers were often viewed as
pirates, however their commissions usually
protected them from their accusers.