Privateering activities had a major impact on people's daily lives and economic activities. Since privateering was a private activity that generated profits-that is, if it was successful-it became a source of additional income for the captains and sailors of privateer crews.

Conversely, the absence of a significant number of men away at sea created a social imbalance. If too many fishers and farmers left at the same time, there might not be enough manpower to till the soil and catch fish. Some families ended up suffering the consequences and, if privateering became too important, it could affect an entire city.
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