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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.

 
Fair winds and following seas,

Cindy
also known as The Pirate Lady

 
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Bartholomew Roberts's piratical career began after the capture of his Royal African Company's slaver. It was not his first voyage to the continent; nor would it be his last. By the time of his return, he had acquired enough prizes to guarantee himself a spot among the top ten pirates of history. (In 2005, the value of his purloined treasure equated to nearly 15,000,000.) In spite of his success, he was initially a reluctant pirate, whom Howell Davis persuaded to stray from the straight and narrow. Veering from that path had consequences and, eventually, the piper sought payment -- remuneration that came at the hands of Roberts's victims, the Royal African Company. Yet lessons are often hard to learn, as others who dated to live "[a] merry Life and a short one" discovered.


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Pirate Quotes of the Month
They one and all came to the measures, knocked down the cabins, made the ship flush for[e] and aft, prepared black colours, new named her the Delivery, having about fifty hands and 16 guns.


-- Captain Johnson on George Lowther's conversion of Gambia Castle, 1721

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From Across the Sea
edited by Sean M. Heuvel and John A. Rodgaard
Naval History, 18th - 19th centuries




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Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses

Events

In light of Covid-19, please check with the venues
to make certain events and museums are open
and have not been cancelled or postponed.

NY City Pickle Night
Virtual Event
5 November 2020



Boarded!
28 November, 26 December 2020
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

Exhibits, Courses, & Performances


Pirates in the Waters of Macao
19 August 2020 - 31 January 2021
Archives of Macao
Macao


Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea
Opened 18 September
C. D. Mallory Building
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic, Connecticut



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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
Privateers
Wooden Sailing Ships

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Activities for Young Pirates
Archaeology
Education
Exotic Ports of Call
History
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 October 2020)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Updated October 2019)
 
Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated October 2020)

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 October 2020)

 

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