Galapagos People: Pirates © Katie Meads

Pirates discover the giant tortoises © Katie Meads

A pirate was a person who committed robbery under no one’s authority (rather than acting on the instructions of a country). Pirates are traditionally portrayed as rebels who used violence to rob other ships and port towns. Galapagos was a notorious pirate base in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Pirate features on these pages:

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Glossary of Galapagos