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Pirate Code of Conduct - What is it?



What was it? A bunch of rules to stop the pirates arguing amongst themselves

Who wrote the rules? Pirate Captain Bartholemew Roberts ("Black Bart")

What were the rules about? They stopped the crew from gambling, bringing women or children on board, or fighting with each other. There were also rules for how to split the treasure they found so everyone got a fair share. There was even a rule on when to go to bed (8pm if you were wondering! After all, the early pirate catches the merchant ship)

What happened if you broke the rules? You would be marooned or killed! Those pirates didn't mess around! Hopefully they'd count down from five first, then, and only then, would they resort to such harsh punishments.

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