Letter of Marque

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This image depicts the Letter of Marque which King William III issued to Captain William Kidd. 

With an official letter like this, privateers legally commandeered ships sailing under flags of other countries (such as Spain).  They could keep looted treasures for themselves (after first returning a percentage of the “booty” to their Marque-issuing sovereign).

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