Golden age of Piracy
The Golden Age of Piracy spans the 1650s to the 1730s. Piracy flourished in the Caribbean because of the existence of pirate seaports such as Port Royal in Jamaica, Tortuga in Haiti, and Nassau in the Bahamas. Factors contributing to piracy included the rise in quantities of valuable cargoes being shipped to Europe over vast ocean areas and ineffective government in overseas colonies. The colonial powers at the time constantly fought with pirates and engaged in several notable battles.