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Pirate Booty: Spice Drops
Did Pirates Use Spices?
When pirates raided ships they took booty to sell and, if food, as provisions for themselves, as well. Spices of all sorts were carried by ships heading to American shores, and enjoyed by pirates who found them. At the ports, some pirates were known to buy spices and other provisions from the locals.
Who Were Privateers?
Privateers were pirates a government paid to raid ships and ransack ports of an enemy nation. The Colonists, for example, paid privateers such as John Paul Jones to raid British ships, whether small cargo ships or large vessels.