How did Barbary pirates divide up their spoils?
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There were strict rules regarding how the profits from the sale of slaves, ships and cargo were distributed. Up to one-fifth went to the state ruler, then fees were paid to custom officials, slave merchants and the upkeep of the port the pirates used. Half of what was left was then paid to the shipowner (who may well be the ruler again). The remainder was divided into several hundred shares, with 40 going to the captain, 10-20 to each officer, 3 per sailor and 1.5 per janissary. Bonuses were also paid to the sailor who first spotted the prize.