Kings, Corsairs and Pirates Kings who fomented the Corsairs


Although kings and pirates are always mentioned, they were actually kings and corsairs since the former supported the latter with royal protection.

This association made the pirates obtain protection and could be provisioned and even on occasions that had almost the consideration of real marina.

The kings benefited from part of the booty, and many kings treated their private corsairs as real heroes.

English Kings stood out as Henry III who in the thirteenth century granted the first patents of Corsican. Isabel I promoted it in the sixteenth century and her support to the famous Francis Drake was great wealth.

Or already in century XVIII the king Jorge III became famous with its distribution of patents of corso.

The kings thanks to the corsairs obtained so much riches, that they did not hesitate to reward the most outstanding ones with titles as important as the one of Lord and to make their corresponding tributes.