A privateer was a private ship that held a letter of marque, a document from a government that allowed then to conduct maritime warfare on their behalf. This was typically capturing foreign ships, and selling them as prizes, with the proceeds divided amongst the crew, backers and government. As merchant ships were often armed already, it was easy to convert them to the trade.

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