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|The earliest documented incidence of piracy are the exploits of the Sea Peoples who threatened the Aegean in the 13th century BC. In Classical Antiquity, the Tyrrhenians and Thracians were known as pirates. The island of Lemnos long resisted Greek influence and remained a haven for Thracian pirates. The Latin term pirata, from which the English "pirate" is derived, derives ultimately from Greek peira (πείρα) "attempt, experience", implicitly "to find luck on the sea". The word is also cognate to peril. By the 1st century BC, there were pirate states along the Anatolian coast, threatening the commerce of the Roman Empire.|
The great or classic era of piracy in the Caribbean extends from around 1560 up until the mid 1760s. The period during which pirates were most successful was from the 1640s until the 1680s. Caribbean piracy arose out of, and mirrored on a smaller scale, the conflicts over trade and colonization among the rival European powers of the time, including England, Spain, Dutch United Provinces, and France. Two of the best-known pirate bases were Tortuga established in the 1640s and Port Royal after 1655. One of the later famous pirates of the Caribbean was Roberto Cofresí Ramirez de Arellano (1791-1825). He was put to death for his crimes in Puerto Rico at the Castle of San Felipe del Morro. His romantic legend inspires plays and songs on the island.
In popular culture, pirates are associated with a stereotypical manner of speaking and dress. This tradition owes much to Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John Silver in Disney's 1950 film adaptation of Treasure Island. Pirates are a frequent topic in fiction, science fiction (usually as "space pirates"), movies and music, usually in a comic or idealized form. Several sport teams use the term as a part of their name. The Monkey Island games center on the pirate Guybrush Threepwood among others. Due to certain reasons, filmmakers do not often depict modern pirates in movies. All recorded acts of a modern piracy still include a plain robbery mixed with violence. Among movies, the only known exception is Piraty XX veka.
Jerry Bruckheimer's Pirates of the Caribbean starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley, features pirates prominently. Another famous example is in Peter Pan, where Peter's foes are the gang of pirates lead by Captain Hook.
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