Translation of privateer in Spanish:

privateer

Pronunciation: /ˌpraɪvəˈtɪr; ˌpraɪvəˈtɪə(r)/

n

  • [Hist] (ship, person) corsario (m)
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    • The US navy also took 50 merchant ships, while privateers took a further 450.
    • The basis for the story is that in February 1704, William Dampier, a noted British buccaneer and navigator, arrived at Juan Fernandez with two ships, both licensed privateers.
    • Great names are associated with the privateers and the ships that sailed the waters off the south coast of Ireland including the name of the great John Paul Jones.
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    • The difference between pirates and privateers was that the pirates were simply sea robbers who captured or looted ships at sea for plunder, without authority.
    • However, American neutral shipping suffered grievous losses at the hands of the Royal Navy and French privateers.
    • Nearly all the slaves were brought to Bermuda from the West Indies or as slaves on ships captured by Bermuda privateers.
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    • The executive of the Scottish Parliament is handing another £100 million of public money over to privateers to ensure the privatisation of Glasgow's council housing goes ahead.
    • But before politicians get too excited, it may be instructive to compare the supposedly wasteful public sector with the supposedly lean privateers.
    • There is a danger that London Underground or the privateers who are due to take over will go to court to try and stop the strike ballot.

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