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Question of webrodeur (10.24.2015): What are the most common diseases encountered on boats in the eighteenth
The pirates were dying more often of disease than in fighting due to poor hygiene on boats, stale food, stale water...
Typhus and typhoid were most common, other common diseases were scurvy, malaria, dysentery, yellow fever.
During the looting of ships or ports pirates were not only interested in gold or valuables, but also in medical supplies. Blackbeard also besieged a city and pressurised prisoners to obtain drugs.