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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.

If you'd like to be notified when I post a new article, as well as to read the latest pirate-related news that doesn't appear here, subscribe to the Pirates and Privateers Newsletter. If you'd like to read a sample of my newsletter before you subscribe, click here. Subscribers never miss out on the latest happenings at Pirates and Privateers.

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.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Fair winds and following seas,

also known as The Pirate Lady

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(Site updated 15 March 2014)

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20 June 1631

The influx of European pirates to the north coast of Africa in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries brought not only men to swell the ranks of Barbary pirates, but also “round ships”. The rounded hulls made these merchant vessels more seaworthy and better able to traverse great distances than the traditional galleys the Barbary pirates favored. These men soon adopted the round ships into their fleets, and the more daring of the Barbary reis (captains) ventured farther afield in their pursuit of plunder. This article recounts one such journey.

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Pirate Quote of the Month

In the middle of the sea astride our path are stone islets resembling birds’ heads . . . It is here that in 1395 . . . one pirate vessel hid behind this small island . . . All the gifts and naval stores and even clothes were taken . . . As our ship gradually approached the island, a small vessel emerged from it and raced towards us with the speed of an arrow. Our crew all clamored, shouting, ‘They’re pirates!’

 – Korean ambassador to Japan, 1420

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The Bonnie Bookaneer's
New April Book ReviewsNew

Elizabeth's Sea Dogs by Hugh Bicheno
History (16th century)

The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall
Historical Fiction, Historical Romance (18th century)

Steam & Stratagem by Christopher Hoare
Steampunk, Historical Fiction (19th 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 upcomings workshops,
click here.

For additonal appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.


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Book Launch at MidSouthCon
Cover Art by Lysa Shin: A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder"Rumble the Dragon" is now available in A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder, Dark Oak Press' new anthology of pirate short stories!

Rumble is a young misfit dragon who must work with outlawed Norsemen to recover a stolen chalice from nefarious Vikings. My story is historical fantasy, but within the pages of this book are historical fiction, science fiction, steampunk, and poetry. The book is available in
e-book,  paperback, and  hardback formats. You can purchase an autographed copy directly from me.

Join me at the official launch at MidSouthCon (March 21-23) at the Hilton in Memphis, Tennessee. Stop by the Dark Oak Press booth and introduce yourself.

Robert Krog recently interviewed me for his blog, KrogFiction. You'll find links to some of my fellow authors to the right of the interview under Recent Posts.

Read an excerpt or listen to an excerpt. Click here for Where to purchase links.

The Last Days of Blackbeard
Smithsonian Magazine recently published Colin Woodard's article on the final raid and political maneuvers of history's most notorious pirate. Colin is the author of The Republic of Pirates, which was the inspiration for NBC's forthcoming Crossbones.
Happy Birthday, Pirates & Privateers
Birthday BoxFourteen years ago, Pirates & Privateers was born. To celebrate I'm holding a contest. The winner will receive an autographed copy of my new book, A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder, and a $20 Amazon.com gift card.

Here are six answers involving piracy that have appeared on past episodes of Jeopardy! Each of your responses should be phrased in the form of a question, then send your entry to me no later than 17 April 2014.

1. In 1575 this "Don Quixote" author's ship was overtaken by pirates; he spent five years as a captive in Algiers.

2. As his top admiral, Suleiman hired the pirate Khllayr Ad-Din, known as this for his red beard, like a crusading emperor.

3. In 1699 this pirate was captured in Boston; he was hanged two years later, leaving legends of buried treasure.

4. In June 1579, this British captain sailed into a harbor on the west coast; San Franciscans say it was their bay.

5. In August 2011 this seventeenth-century pirate captain's flagship was found in waters off Panama; as yet no rum has been found.

6. Queen Anne's Revenge was this pirate's ship.

My husband will pick one lucky winner from all entries received, and the winner will be announced on 20 April, when I publish the May issue of Pirates and Privateers. Only one entry per person. Deadline to enter: 17 April 2014.

Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits


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Leiden Seminar on Law, Literature, Rhetoric
17 March 2014
14 April 2014
Lipsius 235C, Universiteit Leiden
Leiden, Netherlands

Strategy and the Sea
2014 Oxford Naval History Conference
10-12 April 2014
All Souls College, Oxford University
Oxford, UK

2nd Annual Laffite Seminar
25-26 April 2014
Texas A & M University at Galveston
Pelican Island Campus
Galveston, Texas

These Contrary Winds:
Weather and its Effect on Ships, Mariners, and Maritime History
42nd Annual Walker Maritime History Symposium
3 May 2013
Maine Maritime Museum
Bath, Maine

Pirate Days
3-4 May
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

National Maritime Historical Society Annual Meeting
15-17 May 2014
Erie Maritime Museum
Erie, Pennsylvania

Tackling Kidnapping, Hijack and Hostage-Taking
5th Annual Conference
21-22 May 2014
London, UK

Sea Music Festival
12-15 June 2014
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

10th Maritime Heritage Conference
17-21 September 2014
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, Virginia

Against the Enemies of Great Britain
Bristol Privateers in the 18th Century
1 February - 30 May 2014
Bristol Record Office
Bristol, United Kingdom

Real Pirates Exhibit
Real Pirates
The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship
8 February - 28 September 2014
San Diego History Museum
San Diego, California

8 March - 28 September 2014
Discovery Museum at Moody Gardens
Galveston, Texas

Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge: 1718
22 February - 5 April 2014
Reed Gold Mine
Midland, North Carolina

Life and Legend
6 March - 22 June 2014
The British Museum
London, UK

Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure
24 May 2013 - 5 January 2014
Discovery Times Square
New York, New York

To the Ends of the Earth . . . and Back
24 September 2013 - 27 February 2014
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine

Turner & the Sea
22 November 2013 - 21 April 2014
National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, United Kingdom


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I just found your website a few days ago and I love it. It thrills me to find so much more depth on the subject of piracy than what other websites on piracy and my bookshelf has to offer. – Drew K.

Love your passion for the subject. – Bob H.


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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
Fun places for pirates in need of rest & relaxation
(Updated February 2013)

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 March 2014)

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

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

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

Wooden Sailing Ships
Inside look at a wooden ship

Pirate Limerick Cemetery
Compliments of Catalina the Pirate and Friends

Piratical Dates
Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated November 2013)

Pirates and Privateers Site Map


The majority of the artwork on these pages is copyrighted by the artists.
To obtain permission for their use please go to ClipArt.com.

The backgrounds used on Pirates and Privateers are from WebGround.


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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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