ARTICLES OF PIRACY
Many pirates suffered great abuse as seamen under the tyrannical rule of captains in the merchant service and British Royal navy, so during their adventurous life at sea, pirates wanted to ensure that their rights were protected. They did so by effectively splitting the command between the captain and quartermaster and incorporating a signed set of rules or Articles of Piracy that were agreed upon before the ship set sail.
The articles ensured that all disputes were justly settled, the injured were appropriately compensated, and the booty was distributed by a fair system that provided slightly more for the captain and others in management or skilled positions with equal shares for the rest of the pirate crew.
For example, an article in Black Bart Roberts' Articles of Piracy stated, "The captain and quartermaster shall each receive two shares of a prize, the master gunner and boatswain, one and one half shares, all other officers, one and one quarter shares, and private gentlemen of fortune, one share each."
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