Visual Timeline: Piracy

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1500 BCE 1000 BCE 500 BCE 0 CE 500 CE 1000 CE 1500 CE  
 
 
1353 BCE - 476 CE: Piracy flourishes in the Mediterranean.
 
1276 BCE - 1178 BCE: The piratical Sea Peoples ravage the Mediterranean.
 
 
475 BCE: Athenian general Cimon drives the Dolopian pirates out of the Aegean island of Scyros.
 
 
231 BCE - 227 BCE: The Illyrian Pirates threaten legitimate trade during the reign of Queen Teuta.
 
 
71 BCE: Rome wages war on the Cretan pirates.
 
 
69 BCE - 67 BCE: Rome wages a second war against the Cretan pirates.
 
 
67 BCE: The Gabinian Law is passed, giving Pompey great power to deal with pirates.
 
67 BCE: Pompey the Great defeats the Cilician Pirates at the Battle of Coracesium.
 
 
67 CE: The Roman port of Ostia provides a base for operations against the Cilician pirates.
 
 
476 CE - 1500 CE: Piracy continues to flourish in the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.
 
1695 CE: The English pirate Henry Every captures a treasure ship of the Mughal emperor, one of the richest prizes ever taken by a pirate in any era.
 
1717 CE - 1718 CE: The English pirate Blackbeard (aka Edward Teach) is active in the Caribbean and western Atlantic.
 
1765 CE - 1807 CE: Life of the Chinese pirate Zheng Yi (aka Cheng I).
 
1780 CE - 1821 CE: Life of the pirate leader Jean Lafitte who operated in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
1805 CE: Zheng Yi (aka Cheng I) becomes the head of a large confederation of Chinese pirates.
 
1807 CE - 1810 CE: Zheng Yi Sao leads a large confederation of Chinese pirates and terrorizes the South China Sea.
 
1808 CE: The pirate fleet of Zheng Yi Sao defeats a Chinese imperial naval fleet near Canton.
 
1809 CE: The pirate fleet of Zheng Yi Sao defeats a second Chinese imperial naval fleet near Canton.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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