On a recent visit in Saint-Malo we toured this Corsair's house. The owner of the house was a fountain of information about the history of the corsair's as well as the history of Sainte-Malo. It seems the sailors of Sainte-Malo were very clever and ambitious because when there was more fish than they could sell they decided instead to raid British boats for the King of France. This was a form of legalized piracy! They would steal the ship and cargo for cash and then trade the crew for Frenchmen in English jails. This worked well until the English wised-up and began sailing in groups of ships. The corsairs then decided to trade all their surplus fish for silver in Peru. They became quite wealthy doing this until there was more silver in Sainte-Malo than buyers. So what do they do? They take the silver to china and India to trade for silk and spices. They were very resourceful. This was just one of the many interesting stories that we heard along with a tour of the corsair's house. All in all an interesting and fun visit.
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