A pirate ship model is a piece of art that represents the courage and cruelty of the pirates who made already dangerous sea voyages a matter of life and death. The movie series Pirates of the Caribbean also captured the imagination of public and gave an insight into the lives of pirates. The Caribbean has a history of bloody fights to capture the rich merchant vessels.
Own a Piece of Caribbean History with a Pirate Ship Model
A pirate ship model captures the rich history of the Caribbean which was once a sea of hectic economic activity and a favourite hot spot of pirates. Rich cargo ships made voyages on routes linking Africa, North America, South America and the Europe.
In the first part of the journey, a ship laden with goods like cloth, liquor, firearms and iron would travel from Europe to Africa. It would then trade these manufactured goods for slaves in Africa. The ship would then pass the Atlantic to the Caribbean markets with high demand for slaves. The ship would then sell the slaves who survived against all odds and rake up products from the Caribbean plantations to set out for Europe. The slaves were used to produce huge amounts of coffee, tobacco and sugar at plantations in the Caribbean.
With so many products and slaves being traded, this route was always on the radar of the pirates. The pirate ships were laden with cannons and different kinds of weaponry to attack merchant ships. Contrary to popular perception, pirates would invite the crew of the captured ship to join them and those who declined would be allowed to go free unharmed.
Pirate Ship Model: A Symbol of Democracy
Pirates plundered ships of all nations as they had allegiance to none. The punishment for this crime was hanging on the gallows. During the period 1660 to 1730, the pirates wreaked havoc in the seas with their ruthlessness and opportunistic methods. However, they also had a kind of democracy which was unknown to the world in those times. This also makes pirate ship models a symbol of democracy. The new recruits in the gangs of pirates swore an oath of loyalty to the gang. This entitled them to a vote in electing officers for the pirate ship and they would get an equal share of the loots after the captain. They would also be compensated for injuries. This reflects that there was no hierarchical system on pirate ships. The pirates had access to good food and wine as they would fill their stocks with frequent raids on merchant ships.
A pirate ship model is a delight to watch and imagine the life of pirates as well as their victims. These models have their own legacy and give the owners a sense of being a part of something that still catches the imagination of people worldwide.