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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pirates in Yorktown?

 
 
Pirates in Yorktown? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. Pirates in Yorktown? Marker
Inscription. Pirates plundered ships along the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean routes from the earliest days of New World settlement. William Berkeley, governor of the Virginia colony in 1660, wrote that the “Seas are soe full of Pyrates that it is almost impossible for any Ships to goe home [to England] in safety.”

Privateers were private owners of vessels authorized by their government to attack enemy ships. During the 1600s, European powers were continually at war and privateers were used as an inexpensive means to avoid the costs of creating and maintaining a navy. After the 1713 Peace of Utrecht, many unemployed sailors turned to unlawful piracy, attacking and seizing ships regardless of their nationality.

The early part of the eighteenth century has been called the “Golden Age of Piracy” since pirates were a real threat to commerce and merchants’ cargoes traveling in the Atlantic. Ships entering and leaving the busy port of York at this time had to constantly be alert for pirates on the high seas.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.134′ N, 76° 30.317′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Comte de
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
Grasse Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located along Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater (here, next to this marker); An Archer House (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown’s Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); York Under Siege 1781 (within shouting distance of this marker); York “Under The Hill” (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown Waterfront (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yorktown's Sunken Fleet (about 300 feet away); The Brig Betsy (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Pernel Taylor portrays a member of Blackbeard’s Crew.
Photo courtesy of York County.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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