The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates by Howard Pyle:|
take a part of the booty that the pirates, such as Blackbeard,
had stolen. It did not even seem very wicked to compel such
pirates to give up a part of what was not theirs, and which
seemed to have no owner.
In Governor Eden's time, however, the colonies had begun to be
more thickly peopled, and the laws had gradually become stronger
and stronger to protect men in the possession of what was theirs.
Governor Eden was the last of the colonial governors who had
dealings with the pirates, and Blackbeard was almost the last of
the pirates who, with his banded men, was savage and powerful
enough to come and go as he chose among the people whom he
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates