Posted Sept. 25, 2015, 11:20 p.m. By inayokua
Many people mixes up pirates and privateers, or they call both pirates and privateers pirates. But there is a pretty big difference. Pirates don't have any greater limits, while privateers are hired by a nation (often their own) by recieving a letter of marque, which allows them to attack and plunder enemy ships during wartime. Privateering has been illegal since 1856 allover the world. The only country who had larger maritime activities who never gave out letters of marque to sailors is the United States. However, during the american civil war (1861 -1865) the South States (CSA), had privateers, even though it was forbidden.