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Europe and America were raided by infamous pirates like Barbary or Caribbean pirates. Nevertheless, pirates are a popular source in literature and media. Why is that?


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That's a good observation! The origins of the Western fascination with pirates is quite interesting. Around the time that newspapers became popular, pirates were very active around Europe. Since the 18th century, they have been some of the most idealized, romanticized figures in history. Although they were reviled as outlaws and criminals, there was also a fascination surrounding them because they seemed adventurous, free, and sometimes even heroic. The representation of pirates in famous American movies like Pirates of the Caribbean has boosted their popularity and allowed them to become icons in popular media.

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