Houston Maritime Museum Lecture: "Purging the Seas: Government Reaction to Piracy, 1600-2015"
Governments have had a conflicting and complicated relationship with piracy through the centuries. When pirates attacked a rival nation's merchant or naval fleets, governments turned a blind eye. Diminution of an enemy state's commerce or navy could only be a positive affair — increased trade opportunities, markets for stolen goods, and a militarily weakened adversary.
Yet, when pirates gazed away from enemy states and directed their attentions to the commerce or navy of their own nation, governments cast pirates as "enemies of all mankind" and engaged in naval and legal anti-piracy campaigns.
Join Kim Todt and Elizabeth Nyman from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as they explore government responses to piracy from the Golden Age through today's arresting headlines.