Highwaymen

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What were highwaymen?
Highwaymen were people who used force to steal money/property from travellers on the road.
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What was the punishment for highway robbery?
Highway robbery was under the bloody code and so it was punishable by the death penalty.
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What was the reality of highwaymen?
Highwaymen were cruel, violent, cold-blooded robbers. One highwayman was known to cut out the tongues of the people whom he had robbed in order to stop them telling the authorities.
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When did highwaymen operate?
In the late 1600's-1700's.
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Why did highway robbery develop?
Guns became cheaper/easier to get. There was no police force to track down highway robbers. Coaching became big business which meant more people were travelling through the roads daily. Horses became cheaper. There was lots of open land to operate on
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Why did highway robbery decline?
Road patrols were set up around major cities. High rewards were offered for the capture of highwaymen. People used banks more often and so were no carrying as much money. Open land was used to build on.. Taverns used by highwaymen were closed down.
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