Caribbean Pirates Trivia Quiz

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1. The rise of piracy

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Caribbean sea piracy had its heyday in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Which of the following factors contributed most to the rise of piracy?

A) Hugely popular ballads romanticizing pirate life
B) Lack of other employment for sailors
C) Leniency towards pirates in often-corrupt courts
D) The failure by merchant fleets to arm their ships adequately

Your answer — C) Leniency towards pirates in often-corrupt courts — was incorrect.

For piracy to prosper, trained sailors were needed. During the periods of uneasy peace among the leading nations of Europe, many sailors joined pirate crews for lack of another available living.

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