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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.

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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 May 2019)

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by Guest columnist J. G. Harlond

Historical novelist J. G. Harlond talks about the main character in her The Chosen Man trilogy and the history that inspired his creation. His father was a Dutch privateer who "turned Turk" and became a famous admiral of Barbary corsairs. He was born Jan Janszoon, but history knows him better as Murat Res, the Younger. Harlond includes an excerpt from the book in the series, The Chosen Man.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month
Privateering and planting are two things absolutely incompatible.

-- Sir Thomas Lynch, Governor of Jamaica, 1671

No man is a pirate unless his contemporaries agree to call him so.

-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1832

The Bonnie Bookaneer's
NewJune Book ReviewsNew

Lost in the Antarctic
by Tod Olson
History, 20th century

The Trafalgar Chronicle New Series 3
edited by Peter Hore
History, 18th & 19th centuries


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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Phil Johnson talks with Steve Genett about his app A Pirate's Book of Days, the long-running pirate band The Jolly Rogers, Randy Gnatowsky (or Constable Heartless) of Blackbeard's Crew, and The Shipwreck Rats from Germany.

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Festival of the Sea
25-27 May 2019
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

Gloucester Tall Ships & Adventure 2019
25-27 May 2019
Gloucester, United Kingdom

Captain Henry Morgan's Pirate Weekend
25-27 May 2019
Tredegar House
Newport, Wales

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival
31 May - 3 June 2019
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Pirate Days
1 June 2019
Ventura Harbor Village
Ventura, California

Blackbeard Pirate Festival
1-2 June 2019
Hampton, Virginia

The Original Conwy Pirate Festival
1-2 June 2019
Conwy, Wales

Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival
6-9 June 2019
Mystic, Connecticut

Port Pirate Fest
7-9 June 2019
Port Washington, Wisconsin

Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest
7-9 June 2019
Cocoa Beach, Florida

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
14-16 June 2019
Falmouth, United Kingdom

Pirate Ball
15 June 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana

Havre de Grace Pirate Fest
15 June 2019
Susquehanna Lock House Museum
Havre de Grace, Maryland

Northern California Pirate Festival
15 June 2019
Vallejo, California

Tall Ship Celebration
18-21 June 2019
Bay City, Michigan

Baltimore Pirate Weekend
21-23 June 2019
Baltimore, Ireland

Pyrate Fest
22-25 June 2019
Put-In-Bay, Ohio

Rusty Scupper's Pirate Daze
28-30 June
Westport, Washington

Wilmington Pirate Festival
29 June 2019
Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Fort Christina Park
Wilmington, Delaware

Pirate Invasion
29-30 June 2019
Long Beach, California

Tall Ships America
29 June - 1 September 2019
Great Lakes
United States and Canada

Pirate Camp

8-12 July 2019
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Nashville, Tennessee

Swashbuckler Weekend
Bristol Renaissance Festival

13-14 July 2019
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Who Were the Real Pirates & Privateers?
presented by Cindy Vallar
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
7:30 pm
Houston Bay Area RWA Chapter
Kirkmont MUD Building
Houston, Texas

Lone Star Pirate Festival
20 July 2019
Houston, Texas

Sarnia-Lambton Tall Ship Celebration
9-11 August 2019
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Tybee Island Pirate Fest
10-13 October 2019
Tybee Island, Georgia
Exhibits, Courses, & Performances

Horrible Histories Pirates
The Exhibition
Opens 6 April 2019
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth Naval Base
Portsmouth, UK

Vikings: Beyond the Legend
18 April - 20 October 2019
Royal Alberta Museum
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers
20 March - 28 September 2019
North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


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Great compliments on your site and research. -- Dimitri Devyatkin, screenwriter & film producer


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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 February 2019)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Updated April 2018)
Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated January 2019)

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
(Updated December 2018)



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