The Second Pirate Wave
According to Corey Malcom, “From 1815-1825, there was a second wave of pirates. This group was based out of Cuba, and they preyed upon the ships moving through the Straits of Florida. It was also during this time that we see some of the privateers who helped during the War of 1812 turn to piracy and the slave trade.”
Though by this time the transportation of people from Africa to the Americas for slavery purposes was illegal in most countries, including the United States, the lure of a large payday was worth the risk to some. All of this ended when the American Navy became a fixture in the area in the mid- to late-1800s.