A pirate's "Letter of Marque" - a license by a government to attack and loot enemy ships. Queen Elizabeth hired sailors to fight the Spanish. They were called privateers. She didn’t want to use her own navy to fight the mighty Spanish Armada in the Caribbean. When the war was over, the privateers became pirates because they didn’t have jobs anymore. Privateers didn’t attack ships from the country that paid them, but pirates did not usually care about nationality.
Letter Of Marque An official, Royal warrant given to privateers, pirates. Authorising them to seize and destroy property of a countrys enemies. An 18th century license to kill. Height : 8 cm Width : 10 cm Length : 3 cm Weight : 95.00g Made from pewter, Ref : GGB75 Price : 34.99 GBP
The Letter of Marque by Patrick O'Brien. "When Jack Aubrey is unfairly deprived of his commission in the Royal Navy, Stephen Maturin comes to the rescue, purchasing the captain's former ship and outfitting it as a privateer, to be commanded by...Jack Aubrey."