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The History of Maritime Piracy

Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
P.O. Box 425, Keller, TX  76244-0425

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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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(Site updated 19 August 2019)

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Pirates have many different weapons at their disposal, but the most important and the one that sets them apart from an ordinary highwayman is their ship. This article explores those used in the west, particularly during the 17th and 18th centuries. Part one examines the three traits pirates sought in their vessels.

Our study of ships continues in part two. Aside from theft, we explore other means of acquiring vessels and what types pirates preferred.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month

Wherever we want to go, we go. That's what a ship is, you know. It's not just a keel and hull and a deck and sails. That's what a ship needs. But what a ship is . . . what the Black Pearl really is . . . is freedom.

-- Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

It shall be deemed piracy for any ships to lay wait, or pursue, or take any of our enemies' ships or goods upon those coasts, but by commission from our high admiral, or authority from him.

-- Governor Windsor's instructions from London upon arrival in Jamaica, 1662

The Bonnie Bookaneer's
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The Traitor of Treasure Island
by John Drake
Historical Fiction, 18th century
Reviewed by Irwin Bryan

For God and Glory
by Joel Hayward
History, Biography, 18th-19th centuries

The Royal Navy 1793-1800
by Mark Jessop
History, 18th century

The Second Gate
by Brian Wyvil
Time Travel, 21st & 18th centuries

Fata Morgana
by Thomas J. Radford
Science Fiction, Future

Life of a Smuggler
by Helen Hollick
History, 18th century

The Pirate World
by Angus Konstam
History, 18th century

Pirates and Privateers in the 18th Century
by Mike Rendell
History, 18th century


Upcoming Appearances

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If you would like the Pirate Lady 
to speak to your group,
please contact me.

For information on upcoming workshops,
click here.

For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

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Discovering Pirates

Cover Art: Dossiers d'Archéologie n° 394 À la
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Dossiers d'Archéologie
(number 394) is devoted to discovering pirates. Historians and archaeologists explore what we now know about pirates. The articles, in French, cover a wide range of topics. To view the table of contents or to purchase click on the link above. Available in either print or digital formats.

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Where the Pirates Sailed

Kristopher, a young man with an interest in pirates, discovered some treasure while hunting for information on the Internet. He thought readers and visitors to Pirates and Privateers would enjoy visiting to see what he found. Not only does it discuss the many places in the West Indies where pirates could be found, but it also recommends some articles about the pirates themselves. We hope you enjoy! And thank you, Kristopher and Ricky, for alerting us to this web page.

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During his 200th episode, host Phil Johnson shared that he is turning his popular pirate podcast over to Nick Hoffman. Nick, who is a pirate curator and comedian, will begin broadcasting with the 205th episode. Phil has done a remarkable job introducing pirate fans to guests who share their interest in and knowledge of buccaneers with others. I had the pleasure of being one of his first guests. Recent podcasts have spotlighted authors Guy Chet, Mike Hawthorne, and Stephan Talty, as well as Dan Blevins Catalano of The Devil's Gauntlet, a pirate ship that he plans to use to assist military veterans in overcoming PTSD and addiction. The episode guide contains links to all present and past episodes of Under the Crossbones. You will be missed, Phil, but we wish you fair winds and following seas, in all your future endeavors.

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Tall Ships
22-25 August 2019
Erie, Pennsylvania

Pirate Day
24 August 2019
Museum of the Waxhaws
Waxhaw, North Carolina

Midwest Pirate Fest
24-25 August 2019
Papillion, Nebraska

Tall Ships Challenge
30 August - 1 September 2019
Brockville, Ontario, Canada

Brotherhood of the Black Pirate Festival
31 August  - 1 September 2019
Llancaiach Fawr
South Wales, United Kingdom

Eastport Pirate Festival
6-8 September 2019
Eastport, Maine

Tall Ships & Ocean Festival
6-8 September 2019
Ocean Institute
Dana Point, California

City of Oaks Pirate Fest
14 September 2019
Dorothea Dix Park
Raleigh, North Carolina

Pirate Fest
20-21 September 2019
Northglenn, Colorado

Pirate Sail
21 September 2019
Hudson River
New York City, New York

Pirate Festival
21 September 2019
Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

Tybee Island Pirate Fest
10-13 October 2019
Tybee Island, Georgia
Exhibits, Courses, & Performances

J. M. W. Turner Watercolors
5 October 2019 - 23 February 2020
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic, Connecticut

Discover the Vikings
29 June - 29 September 2019
The Beacon Museum
Whitehaven, UK

The Vikings in Northumbria
11 June - 28 September 2019
Open Treasure
Durham Cathedral
Durham, UK

Vikings: Beyond the Legend
18 April - 20 October 2019
Royal Alberta Museum
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers
20 March - 28 September 2019
North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


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Your resource links are impressive. I look forward to learning more on your site. Thanks! -- Bad Hombre


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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 August 2019)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Updated April 2018)
Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated August 2019)

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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To obtain permission for their use please go to ClipArt.com.

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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
(Updated December 2018)



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