The Golden Age of Piracy is a common designation for the period between the 1650s and the 1730s, when maritime piracy was a significant factor in the histories of the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, the Indian Ocean, North America, and West Africa. Histories of piracy often subdivide the Golden Age of Piracy into three periods:
Name. The official name of the Cossack Hetmanate was Zaporizhian Host (Ukrainian: Військо Запорозьке, romanized: Viiskо Zaporozkе). The historiographic term Hetmanate (Ukrainian: Гетьманщина, romanized: Hetmanshchyna, "Hetman state") was coined in the late 19th century, deriving from the word hetman, the title of the general of the Zaporizhian Army.