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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

Under the Crossbones with Cindy Vallar

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(Site updated 20 June 2017)

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In the first installment of this series, we met a contemporary and mate of Jean David Nau named Rock the Brazilman. Part two introduces Bartolomeo el Portugues who arrived in Jamaica the year after Rock. He risked drowning to escape from the Spanish, but lady luck never really shone her light on him.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month
God permitted the unrighteousness of the buccaneers to flourish for the chastisement of the Spaniards.

Alexandre Exquemelin, 1685

Disappointment is an incentive to revenge, and good resolution the commander of success.

Buccaneer in John Cox's The Voyages and Adventures of
Captain Bartholomew Sharp, and Others, in the South Sea
, 1684

The Bonnie Bookaneer's
NewJuly Book ReviewsNew

The Dutch in the Medway
by P. G. Rogers
Naval History, Anglo-Dutch Wars, 17th century

The Whydah
by Martin W. Sandler
History, 18th century

Pirate Women
by Laura Sook Duncombe
History, ancient to modern

The Travels of Reverend Ólafur Egilsson
translated and edited by Karl Smŕri Hreinsson and Adam Nichols

Travel, History, 17th century

The Pirate's Duchess
by Katherine Bone
Historical Romance
, 19th century

The Pirate's Debt
by Martin W. Sandler
Historical Romance, 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,
click here.

For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

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Under the Crossbones
Under the Crossbones with James L Nelson
James L. Nelson is the author of The Only Life That Mattered, the Brethren of the Coast trilogy, and the Norsemen Saga series. He's also written a number of history books. He loves the sea and what floats on it. He's even sailed as part of the crew of the Golden Hind. Click the graphic above to listen to his interview with Phil Johnson, host of Under the Crossbones. (My reviews of his books.)

Among Phil Johnson's other recent guests are Geoff Zanelli (composer for POTC's Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Steve Sanders (pirate poet Blackbead) of Seadog Slam. (Complete episode guide)

Halloween.com has created an interactive map, as well as an infographic, to showcase ten notorious women in pirate history. The link above takes you to the blog where you can read about this of click here to go directly to the map. The blog post includes the necessary text for including the infographic on your website at the bottom of the page. (Special thanks to Devin Rubink for sharing this information.)

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Pirate Chaser Sails
Now through 2 September 2017
Michigan Maritime Museum
South Haven, Michigan

Cruises on the Onrust
Summer 2017
Connecticut River Museum
Essex, Connecticut

San Salvador Sailing Adventure
22 July 2017
12 August 2017
26 August 2017
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

2017 National Marine Art Conference

19-22 October 2017
Mystic, Connecticut

Queen Anne's Revenge
 300th Anniversary of Sinking
Beaufort, North Carolina

Beaufort Pirate Invasion
10-11 August 2018
Beaufort, North Carolina

Exhibits & Courses

Vikings: Beyond the Legend
10 March - 13 August 2017
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver, Colorado

Viking: Rediscover the Legend
19 May - 5 November 2017
Yorkshire Museum
York, United Kingdom

Real Pirates at
                                                          the Whydah
                                                          Pirate Museum
Now Open
Whydah Pirate Museum
Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Death in the Ice
The Shocking Story of Franklin's Final Expedition
14 July 2017 - 7 January 2018
National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, United Kingdom


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I enjoyed your website immensely -- there's so much great information here, and I loved your interview with Under the Crossbones
-- Ruth Francisco, author of Catfish Pearl


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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 June 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 2017)

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


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
(Updated June 2017)


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