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Title: Piracy and Redemption in the Aegean Sea during the first half of the Eighteenth century
Author(s): GINIO, Eyal
Volume: 33 Date: 2001
The ransoming of captives was still a feature of the Ottomans’ relations with some of their Christian enemies during the eighteenth century. While reciprocal treaties concluded with some European states prohibited piracy and required the restitution of captives, Ottoman subjects could still face captivity at the hands of Christian pirates, mainly Maltese. Their redemption could be secured only if the captives had the necessary amounts of money and the right connections with an experienced Christian agent. Redemption was a private process that largely depended on the ability and the initiative of individuals.