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The Pirates Own Book (Fiscle Part-11)

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The Pirates Own Book (Fiscle Part-11)

The Saxons, A People Supposed To Be Derived From The Cimbri, Uniting The
Occupations Of Fishing And Piracy, Commenced At An Early Period Their
Ravages In The German Ocean; And The Shores Of Gaul And Britain Were For
Ages Open To Their Depredations. About The Middle Of The Fifth Century,
The Unwarlike Vortigern, Then King Of Britain, Embraced The Fatal
Resolution Of Requesting These Hardy Warriors To Deliver Him From The
Harassing Inroads Of The Picts And Scots; And The Expedition Of Hengist
And Horsa Was The Consequence. Our Mention Of This Memorable Epoch Is
Not For Its Political Importance, Great As That Is, But For Its Effects
On Piracy; For The Success Attending Such Enterprises Seems To Have
Turned The Whole Of The Northern Nations Towards Sea Warfare. The Danes,
Norwegians, And Swedes, From Their Superior Knowledge Of Navigation,
Gave Into It Most; And On Whatever Coast The Winds Carried Them, They
Made Free With All That Came In Their Way. Canute The Fourth Endeavored
In Vain To Repress These Lawless Disorders Among His Subjects; But They
Felt So Galled By His Restrictions, That They Assassinated Him. On The
King Of Sweden Being Taken By The Danes, Permission Was Given To Such Of
His Subjects As Chose, To Arm Themselves Against The Enemy, Pillage His
Possessions, And Sell Their Prizes At Ribnitz And Golnitz. This Proved A
Fertile Nursery Of Pirates, Who Became So Formidable Under The Name Of
"Victalien Broders," That Several Princes Were Obliged To Arm Against
Them, And Hang Some Of Their Chiefs.

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