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Learn about the Barbary Pirates with iMinds insightful knowledge series.For 350 years from the late 15th century onwards Europeans travelling by boat in the Mediterranean Sea were under constant threat of pirate attack. But these were not pirates as normally understood; rather they were Muslim warriors officially sanctioned to plunder ships from Christian countries and kill or enslave anyone they found aboard.The ships of the Barbary corsairs as the pirates were known were usually owned by the local ruler or pasha who granted the captain of each ship license to engage in piracy against ships from non-Muslim countries. Local merchants would also invest in corsair ships which could be a source of handsome profits. iMinds brings targeted knowledge to your eReading device with short information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

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