Piracy: A Timeline
The first accournts of known piracy occur in China, around the 2nd century time period after the fall of Han Dynasty. As early as 1200 BC Roman and Greek ships experienced pirate raids from the Illyrian and Tyrrhenian pirates. Entire crews were amassed and sold into slavery by the pirates at this era
1st century BC- 4th Century AD
Piracy is starting to gain some footholds in the Ancient World due to the fall of the Han Dynasty in China, and a small amount of European participants as well. Piracy is still gaining momentum during these years, but it wasn't until the early 14th century where piracy really took off.
Pirates in today's society are mostly off of the coasts of Africa, specifically Somalia. Cruise ships are a popular target for today's pirates, and smaller fishing vessels or tourist ships. Today pirates are able to operate on a fairly sophisticated basis. Granted they do not possess the technology the US or British Navy possesses, but they have ships, and radios, and even have been starting to use submarines in some areas.