Female Pirates oct 23rd.docx - Female Pirates Role of women in a pirate society Very little known about female pirates Very few female pirates\/pirate

Female Pirates oct 23rd.docx - Female Pirates Role of women...

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Female Pirates - Role of women in a pirate society - Very little known about female pirates - Very few female pirates/pirate captains Male dominated professions - Most pirates had wives and children living ashore ( that’s was mostly the role of women) Female Roles In Port-Side Communities Operating Businesses - Outside of traditional roles o Tavern owners, inn keepers, retailers ( on land selling stolen goods) o Servants o Merchants and shipowners o Prostitutions o Pickpocketing - Carried on in pirates haven (mostly wives and lovers of pirates but some also operated businesses) Women as “Agents of Piracy” Most directly involved In pirates - bought and sold stolen goods - enabled piracy to occur - women ran land based trade/ports exchange system o Piracy was much dependent on women - Had to have knowledge and skill o had to have business sense and acumen o had to be up to date on the markets (where to sell, know values of products) - Women were victimized by pirates as well - Very active in resisting piracy in the 17th C o

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