1650s in piracy

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  • March 26 – the Parliament of England passes an act for the redemption of captives taken by Turkish, Moorish and other pirates.
  • April 1 – After being sighted off the Yorkshire coast by a local fisherman, Royalist privateer Captain Joseph Constant and his 30-man Dutch crew are surprised by an attack party led by Robert Colman and Captain Thomas Lassells and captured after a brief skirmish.[5]



Brethren of the Coast is invited to use Port Royal as a base by Governor Edward D'Oley. This was done so that the Brethren would defend Port Royal.[7]



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  7. Port Royal
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