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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.

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.

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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.


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Pirate Quotes of the Month
The place that received them [the pirates] is chiefly Madagascar, where they must touch both coming and going. All the ships that are now out are from New England, except Tew from New York and Want from Carolina. They build their ships in New England, but come out under pretense of trading from island to island…. On first coming they generally go first to the Isle of May for salt, then to Fernando for water, then round the Cape of Good Hope to Madagascar to victual and water and so for Batsky where they wait for the traders between Surat and Mecca and Tuda, who must come at a certain time because of the trade wind. When they come back they have no place to go to but Providence [Bahamas], Carolina, New York, New England and Rhode Island, where they have all along been kindly received.

– Lord Bellomont, 1697
The Bonnie Bookaneer's
NewMarch/April Book ReviewsNew

Pirates: Truth and Tales
by Helen Hollick
History, 18th century

The Pirate Next Door
by Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos

History, 18th century

The Lost Story of the William & Mary
by Gill Hoffs
History, 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 upcoming workshops,
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For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

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The Pirate Republic Kickstarter
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Green Feet Games has created a swashbuckling board game where pirates can pillage and plunder the Caribbean much like they did during the Golden Age of Piracy. The year is 1713 and the Flying Gang wages war against society to forge their own democracy.

To get the game into production, Green Feet Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. Undead Viking Video says it's one of the best, "my new favorite Pirate game of all time." To see the artwork and game components, the pledge goal levels, several previews, and incentives, click on the Kickstarter links above. So far 512 backers have unlocked 3 pledge goals, but there are many more available to enhance your playing pleasure.

If you'd like to learn more about the game and its creator, Tom Butler, check out his interview at Under the Crossbones.

Under the Crossbones with Tom Butler

(For full disclosure, I am one member of the Creators Crew.)

New Interview on Blog Talk Radio
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Armando F Sanchez
recently interviewed me on his Latino Role Models Success program. We talk about the craft of writing/publishing and writing about pirates and privateers.
I hope you will enjoy listening to our chat.

Under the Crossbones Interview
Last issue, I reviewed Baylus Brooks' new book Quest for Blackbeard. Now you can listen to Phil Johnson of Under the Crossbones interview him about his research and what he's unearthed about the legendary Edward Thatch.

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Brown Bag Gam: Women Pirates
(scroll down to date/event)
24 March 2017
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Beaufort, North Carolina

Council of American Maritime Museums Annual Conference
19-21 April 2017
San Francisco Maritime National Park
San Francisco, California

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Opens in theaters 26 May 2017

Queen Anne's Revenge
 300th Anniversary of Sinking
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


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-- Josh Auten

Enjoyed looking at all things piratical, you have amassed a treasure of your own doing on the site.

-- Heather Noel-Smith, Hornblower's Historical Shipmates


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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 August 2015)

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 February 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 2016)

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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