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Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
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Within these pages of Pirates & Privateers, you'll find articles on all aspects of maritime piracy from ancient times to modern day. Pirate Articles is an annotated list of all the articles I've written. Pirate Links is an annotated list of the best web sites that specialize in piracy and life at sea from early days through the Age of Sail. The Book Review pages house the reviews on the latest fiction and non-fiction pirate and maritime books for children and adults. Other highlights include specialized bibliographies, piratical places to visit, pirate dates in history, piracy quotes, and information about The Rebel and the Spy, my current novel-in-progress that started me on the path of piracy.

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As always, if you have a question about pirates, please write and ask. If you'd like me to write about a particular pirate or subject, let me know. One cautionary note to those searching for genealogical information. Historical records about pirates are rare. Much of what is known comes from government records, including court trials, and the few first-person accounts written during a particular time period. This information rarely contains details pertinent to what you need to identify and/or learn about ancestors. The simple fact is that the vast majority of pirates' names remain unknown. I cannot answer this type of question, so rather than contact me, you should check genealogical depositories and websites, as well as national archives.

A special note to teachers and students: Answering questions and locating information is something I love to do. If you need help with a project or report, please contact me. Should you use any of my articles or reviews, please let me know and remember to include the proper citation. The majority of material contained within this website is copyrighted.

Fair winds and following seas,

also known as The Pirate Lady

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In The History of the Pyrates, Captain Charles Johnson tells the story of a Frenchman and a defrocked priest who declared war on European ships and set up a pirate utopia on the island of Madagascar. This is their story and an examination of the tale's veracity.

Part 2 focuses on the final days of Libertalia and what happened to its participants. It also discusses history behind the fiction and where some of Captain Johnson's ideas came from.


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Pirate Quotes of the Month
As for Piracy, I must needs say that if Jamaica had not been the Seminary, where pirates have commenced Masters of Art after having practiced upon the Spaniard, and then launched for the Red & Arabian Sea, and at Madagascar have found a yearly supply of flower, bread, ammunition and arms from some of our neighboring colonies, that has in 10 years time got a million by it, and then have returned these fellows upon us and our Coasts, we had never had a spot upon our Garment.

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Trafalgar Chronicle
 edited by Peter Hore
History, mid 18th - early 19th centuries

Enemies of All Humankind
by Sonja Schillings

Literary Criticism

Belerion Odyssey
 by William H. Russeth
Historical Fiction, 5th century BC


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Update on The Pirate Republic Kickstarter
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Green Feet Games far surpassed its goal to raise $29,000 in 36 days. By the end of the funding period, 1,322 backers had pledged $122,158 to unlock all the stretch goals. The target date to send out the games to backers is August 2017. Tom Butler thanks everyone for their support and belief in this board game where pirates can pillage and plunder the Caribbean much like they did during the Golden Age of Piracy. Undead Viking Video says it's one of the best, "my new favorite Pirate game of all time." (If you'd like to learn more about the game and its creator, Tom Butler, check out his interview at Under the Crossbones.)

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Sailabration 2017
Celebrating 40 Years of Pride in Baltimore
27 April 2017
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore, Maryland

Motley Tones
Upcoming performances

29-30 April 2017
Yorktown Pirate Invasion and Pirate Ball
Watermen's Museum, Yorktown, Virginia

3-4 June 2017
Blackbeard Festival, Hampton, Virginia

Tall Ships Challenge Atlantic Coast
19-22 May 2017
Charleston, South Carolina

17-22 June 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

National Maritime Historical Society
Annual Meeting

15-17 May 2017
Charleston, South Carolina

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Opens in theaters 26 May 2017

2017 National Marine Art Conference
19-22 October 2017
Mystic, Connecticut

Queen Anne's Revenge
 300th Anniversary of Sinking
Beaufort, North Carolina

Beaufort Pirate Invasion
10-11 August 2018
Beaufort, North Carolina

Exhibits & Courses

Polynesian Voyagers
1 October 2016 - 11 June 2017
The Mariners' Museum
Newport News, Virginia

Vikings: Beyond the Legend
4 February - 23 April 2017
Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Vikings: Beyond the Legend
10 March - 13 August 2017
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver, Colorado

Secrets of the Sea
A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia
7 March - 4 June 2017
Asia Society Museum
New York, New York


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Being a Pirate (or How to be one)
History of Piracy
Modern Piracy
Notorious Pirates (or Who was who)
Piracy Around the World
Pirates and Literature
Wooden Sailing Ships

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Activities for Young Pirates
Exotic Ports of Call
Modern-day Piracy
Notorious Pirates
Pirate Literature
Piratical Books Online
Ships and Sailing
Treasure Troves

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Latest Reviews
Five-Star Reviews
Books for Young Pirates
Books for Apprenticed Pirates and Young Adults
Fiction Books for Adults
Nonfiction Books for Adults

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Pirate Adventures  and Pirates Adventures 2010 and Pirates Adventures 2017
Fun places for pirates in need of rest & relaxation
(Updated April 2017)

The Age of Sail
Examines merchant ships, maritime commerce, and seaports

Before the Age of Sail
Examines ships prior to the seventeenth century

Barbary Corsairs Resources

Articles, books, and web sites on the Barbary Corsairs

Canadian Piracy Resources
Articles, books, and web sites on piracy and privateering in Canada

Modern Piracy Resources
Articles, books, and web sites on piracy today
(Updated April 2017)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Revised November 2015)

Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated April 2017)

Pyrate Surgeons Resources
Articles, books, and web sites on pyrate surgeons and medicine at sea in the Age of Sail

Wooden Sailing Ships
Inside look at a wooden ship

Pirates and Privateers Site Map


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The Rebel and the Spy, my current Novel-in-Progress, centers around Jean Laffite and the Battle of New Orleans.  Below are links to places depicted in the novel and a resource list for those seeking information on Jean Laffite, Pirates, Ships in the Age of Sail, the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson, and many other subjects.

Jean Laffite's Haunts

New Orleans and Piracy Resource List


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