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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.

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Fair winds and following seas,

also known as The Pirate Lady

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(Site updated 29 September 2014)

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Pirates were also connected to death by the murders they committed. Sometimes a pirate captain killed one of his men, whether the “piratical justice” was warranted or not. Most slayings, however, were perpetrated against innocent victims, many of whom were tortured before succumbing.

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Pirate Quote of the Month

I Joseph Jones being very sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind memory thancks be given to God: I doe make and Ordaine this my last will Testament . . . I give my Soule into the hands of Almighty God . . . to be buried in Christian burial . . . I . . . bequeath unto Francis Reed and John Bevis . . . my Guns pistols Ammunition Catouch Boxes all my Whearing Appareell with my shears of the Shipp and a Quarter part of part of what prise purchase or plunder shall be due me . . . unto Michaell Hicks one piece of Gould . . . to Berrington Webb one piece of Gould . . . .

– Joseph Jones, 9 May 1698

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Pirates in Their Own Words edited y E. T. Fox
Historical Documents, History, 18th century

Hunting the Essex by Midshipman Allen Gardiner
 Naval History, 19th century

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pirate's Prisoner!
by John Malam and illustrated by David Antram
History, 18th century

Dread Eagle by Alex Woolf
Steampunk, 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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Puerto Diablo
Sander ten Napel and Bert Menting has created a role-playing, adventure card game called Puerto Diablo.They are attempting to gain funding and spread the word through Kickstarter. Click on the links to learn more. The website for the game itself is in Dutch and English.

Note: This is not a personal or official endorsement. It is simply a news item to alert you to investigate further if you're interested.
The Real and Imagined World of Pirates
Dr. Ed Fox and the University of Exeter are offering an online distance-learning class on piracy beginning on 6 October 2014. Among the topics to be covered are: Blackbeard, John Taylor, Women and Piracy, Politics of Piracy, Life on a Pirate Ship, Captain Johnson and The General History of the Pirates, Pirate Ships, From Blue Sea to Silver Screen, and Pirates: Then and Now. Cost to take this course, which lasts for 12 weeks, is £155.

Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits


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Downtown Cary Farmer's Market
4 October 2014
Belhaven, North Carolina

Monterrey Shipwrecks
14 October 2014
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston, Texas

Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th-19th c.
17-19 October 2014
Museum of Cycladic art
Athens, Greece

The Mariners' Pirate Run

18 October 2014
The Mariners' Museum and Park
Newport News, Virginia

Laffite Seminar
17-18 April 2015
Galveston, Texas

Ships, Clocks & Stars
The Quest for Longitude
11 July 2014 - 4 January 2015
National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, United Kingdom

B is for Buttersworth, F is for Forgery
Solve a Maritime Art Mystery
25 October 2014 - 26 April 2015
The Mariners' Museum
Newport News, Virginia


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I greatly enjoyed both of your presentations at Moody Gardens. -- Bill Wardle, Texas

You have developed an excellent resource! – Matt Walje, Project Coordinator, Oceans Beyond Piracy Project

I've read your 'Pirates and Their Clothes' article and I found it very interesting. – Stijn Bammens, Belgium


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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 August 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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