Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea. They can include acts that were done on land, in air or in water. The english word "Pirate" comes from the Latin word Pirata and from the Greek word Peirates aka "brigand", Peiramoai aka "I attempt", Peira aka "I attempt, experience."
Pieces of eight are silver Spanish dollar coins that were made in the Americas from the late 15th century to the 19th century. Until 1857, they were the legal curracy of the United States. The reason why it's called Pieces of Eight is because it was worth eight reales. That meant that it also could be physically cut into eight pieces or "bits" to make change. Hence why the catchphrase of "pieces of eight" was born. A Piece O' Eight could also be cut into quarters which would be called "two bits," which would be like having 25 cents of a dollar. The silver coins were also called as Reales or "Reals" and the gold coins as Escudos or "Escudo." The silver coins were also known as "Pesos" or "Silver Dollars." The gold coins were also known as Doubloons. There were different classifications and names by weight. Back then, they were more worried about weight, not metal as we do today.
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