Famous Privateers - Throughout History
During the 16th century, privateers such as
Francis Drake were operating. Effectively they
were pirates, however they were protected by
‘letters of marque’ issued by their governments.
These letters gave them authority to attack
and plunder ships from the countries they were
at war with. In return they would share the
spoils with their government.
Facts about some of the more famous privateers
can be found below.