Imagine that you found yourself in the golden age of piracy, back in the 17th century. The world is full of new discoveries, romance and dangerous adventures. According to the legendary book called General History of the Pyrates, on the island of Madagascar, far from civilization, a free pirate state appears — Libertalia. In 1694, about a hundred pirates led by the captain, the Provencal nobleman Olivier Misson and the Dominican priest Carracciolli landed in the bay (now called French) on the island of Madagascar and founded a pirate colony that existed in the northern part of Madagascar for two to three decades.
The greatest interest in this island was raised because of colonial propaganda, but the harsh reality of life on the island differed from the expectations of people who went there. It was an island full of arid or completely hostile areas, angry natives, completely uninhabited areas and, of course, pirates, which discouraged new settlers who were completely disappointed upon arrival on this land.
What was this state like? Perhaps it is best to point out two or three of those social principles that were laid down in the basis of the existing orders there. One of them: “Our thoughts are true, just and noble: this is the pursuit of Freedom.” Another: “We do good to the oppressed, we fight their oppressors.” Third: “We proclaim the equality of all people without exception.”
Private property was not recognized in Libertalia. There was a common treasury, but money was used only in relations with the outside world — to purchase goods needed by the republic. Goods were divided among citizens, and Europeans had no advantages over Africans and Malagasy. In the republic itself, money was not in circulation. Labor was considered the duty of every citizen, without any special remuneration. It was daily labor, seemingly unacceptable for pirates, as well as voluntary submission to the discipline of the commune. The virgin land overgrown with bushes was cultivated. They sowed local maize and grain found in the holds of captured ships. Cattle alone had at least 300 heads. Fabrics, cauldrons, knives, axes and rum were exchanged for rice, meat and fruit — the peaceful environment in Libertalia attracted local residents who were already familiar with European products.