An Act Against Pirates and Sea-Robbers

On July 22, 1718, Deputy Governor William Keith (1669-1749) informed Pennsylvania’s Provincial Council that several mariners delivered to the port of Philadelphia a sloop that had been seized and plundered by pirates. Less than a month later, on August 11, 1718, Keith expressed his concern over the great losses suffered by the colony at the hands of ruthless pirates operating about the...
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