But the piratical acts of these traders, in which the knights themselves sometimes joined, and the strategic position of the island between Constantinople and the Levant, necessitated its reduction by the Ottoman sultans.
The Northmen of Denmark and Norway, whose piratical adventures were the terror of all the coasts of Europe, and who established themselves in Great Britain and Ireland, in France and The Sicily, were also geographical explorers in their rough but Nothmen.
The Achaeans, under the name Akaiusha, already appear among the piratical invaders of Egypt in the time of Rameses III.
The growing wealth of Venice soon attracted the cupidity of her piratical neighbours on the coast of Dalmatia.
Attacked and captured Curzola and stormed the piratical stronghold of Lagosta, crushing the freebooters in their citadel.