the ship was captured by freebooters who were looking for gold
Recent Examples on the WebIn April, 1492, buoyed by the seizure of Granada, Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to sponsor the Italian freebooter Christopher Columbus on his initial expedition across the Atlantic.
Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2021 Mr. Bugaev is a dedicated, if largely sedentary, Cossack, a centuries-old fraternity of Slavic warriors, freebooters and freedom-loving rebels.
Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 14 July 2016 The window of opportunity for freebooters to loom large has closed.
Steve Kettmann, WIRED, 2 Nov. 2000
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