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maa. melee
11-24-2005, 11:59 PM
Tried inter library researches and google but didn't come up with too much. I need any info on Wako Pirates, ancient Japanese pirates or any info on books or articles.

maa. melee
11-25-2005, 08:46 PM
desperate bump :(

[ 11-25-2005, 09:46 PM: Message edited by: maa. melee ]

11-25-2005, 09:17 PM
One man's pirate is another man's navy. Try searching navel battles, commerce or history for the proper time period.

Wild Dingo
11-25-2005, 10:51 PM
So what now the branch dividians were pirates too??? :eek: strewth how things evolve!! tongue.gif

this was another effective bump bought to you by the dingo :cool:

thank you thank you thank you just put the cheque in the mail ;) :D

John E Hardiman
11-25-2005, 11:59 PM
Try to look for the book "The Secrets of the Samurai", by Oscar Ratti. Just a couple of pages on who they were and when they florished in relation to their bushi style.

maa. melee
11-26-2005, 12:02 AM
Thank you John.

11-26-2005, 05:27 AM
do not now if "wako" is the right word but try to do a search on "wokou"

11-26-2005, 06:34 AM
maa.melee, the Japanese work for pirate is "kaizoku". Try searching "kaizoku history" in English and see if you get any decent results.

You can also try The History Cooperative Proceedings (http://www.historycooperative.org/proceedings/seascapes/index.html) to see if they have anything. They have a section on Pirates.

Also the correct spelling would be Wakou (Japanese use phonetics in writing). So, you would want to use "Wakou history" in English to find something.

Wikipedia has this: Japanese "Wakou" pirates became very active plundering the coast of the Chinese Empire. The first raid by Wokou on record occurred in the summer of 1223, on the south coast of Goryeo. At the peak of Wakou activity, circa 1350, fleets of 300 to 500 ships, transporting several hundred horsemen and several thousand soldiers, would raid the coast of China [2]. For the next half-century, sailing principally from Iki and Tsushima, they engulfed the southern half of Goryeo. The worst period was the decade between 1376 and 1385, when no fewer than 174 instances of pirate raids were recorded in Korea. Wakou activity would only end in the 1580s with its interdiction by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

So,you might want to look up the places and dates to see if they give you anything else.

Good Luck ! smile.gif

[ 11-26-2005, 07:44 AM: Message edited by: joejapan ]