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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 21 May 2015)

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One product of the First Opium War was a rise in piracy. Shap 'ng Tsai was the most powerful of these pirates, and this article tells of his rise and fall, as well as that of his confederate X Ybǎo (Chui Apoo), at the hands of the British Royal Navy and the Chinese government.

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Pirate Quote of the Month

He was the bloodthirstiest buccaneer that sailed. Blackbeard was a child to Flint. The Spaniards were so prodigiously afraid of him that, I tell you sir, I was sometimes proud he was an Englishman.

  Squire Trelawney on Captain Flint in Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure Island

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British Pirates in Print and Performance
by Frederick Burwick and Manushag N. Powell
Theater, Literature, History,
17th to 19th centuries

Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson
History, Treasure Hunting, 17th & 21st centuries

The Queen of the Caribbean by Emilio Salgari
Historical Fiction, 17th century


Upcoming Appearances

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please contact me.

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For additonal appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.


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Pirate Executions

Between 1829 and 1831 pirates were executed in Cuba. Researchers in Brazil are seeking information on the identities of these pirates. If anyone can provide names and/or historical documentation, will you please contact me and I will pass along the information.

Pirate Treasure

Barry Clifford and his fellow underwater explorers say they have found Captain William Kidd's treasure from the Adventure Galley off the island of Sainte Marie, Madagascar.

Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits


Pirates & Treasure
14 February - 25 May 2015
Science Spectrum
Lubbock, Texas

Blackbeard Festival
30-31 May 2015
Hampton, Virginia

Billy Bowles Pirate Festival
4-8 June 2015
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Privateers & Pirates Festival
6 June 2015
Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum
Tuckerton, New Jersey

Drake's Raid
6 June 2015
St. Augustine, Florida

Boston Pirate Crawl
6 June 2015
Boston, Massachusetts

The Olde World Buccaneer Bash
6-7 June 2015
Augusta, Michigan

Texas Pirate Festival
6-7 June 2015
Hillsboro, Texas

Tall Ships
25-28 June 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey

Fort Rodman Pyrate Invasion
10-12 July 2015
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Through 4 October 2015
The Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois

Pirate Island
Through October 2015
Columbus Zoo
Powell, Ohio

Viking Voyages

20 March 2015 - 22 February 2017
National Maritime Museum
Cornwall, United Kingdom

Real Pirates Logo
8 May - 28 November 2015
Museum of Idaho
Idaho Falls, Idaho


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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)

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 May 2015)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(revised February 2015)

Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated December 2014)

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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