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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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as we begin our 19th year of publication!

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also known as The Pirate Lady

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The Pirate Known as La BuseNew
Olivier Le Vasseur

Known by many monikers -- including La Bouse, Leboose, La Bouche, La Buze, The Buzzard -- little is known about Olivier Le Vasseur aside from the fact that he was a French pirate, possibly from Calais, who operated out of Saint Domingue. (Captain Johnson said that he operated out of New Providence.) This changed when he met two English pirates, whose names are well-known in the annals of piracy: Benjamin Hornigold and Samuel Bellamy.

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Pirate Quote of the Month
To Mortal Men that daily live in Wickedness and Sin;
This dying Counsel I do give, hoping you will begin
To serve the Lord in Time of Youth his Precepts for to keep;
To serve him so in Spirit and Truth, that you may mercy reap.

In Youthful blooming Years was I, when I that Practice took,
Of perpetrating Piracy, for filthy gain did look.
To Wickedness as all were bent, our Lusts for to fulfill;
To rob at Sea was our Intent, and perpetrate all Ill.

I pray the Lord preserve you all and keep you from this End;
O let Fits-Gerald's great downfall unto your welfare tend.
I to the Lord my soul bequeath, accept thereof I pray,
My body to the Earth bequeath, dear Friends, adieu for aye.

-- John Fitzgerald on the eve of his execution on 19 July 1723
Member of Charles Harris's crew

The Bonnie Bookaneer's
NewApril Book ReviewsNew

A Vengeful Wind
by James L. Nelson
Historical Fiction, 9th century

History of Navigation
by Dag Pike
History, Multiple centuries
(Reviewed by Irwin Bryan)

What the Parrot Saw
by Darlene Marshall

  Historical Romance, 19th century

Pirates in History and Popular Culture
edited by Antonio Sanna
History, Literature, Arts, Popular Culture, Multiple centuries


Upcoming Appearances

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please contact me.

For information on upcoming workshops,
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Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers Presents

Bringing Pirates to Life

Instructor: Cindy Vallar
Dates: 1-28 April 2019
Cost: $25 for FF&P Members, $30 for Non-FF&P Members

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Phil Johnson's latest guests include Captain James Hawk of The Scarlet Fortuna (promotes pirates and reading), Marc Paquien (creator of Treasure Island Board Game), and Bradley Williamson (CEO of Treasure Expeditions -- here's his article on Olivier Le Vasseur).

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


NOLA Pyrate Week
29 March - 7 April 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana

Franklin Lost and Found
Probing the Arctic's Most Enduring Mystery

5 April 2019
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic, Connecticut

Spring Sailabration
11 April 2019
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore, Maryland

Pirate Fest
12-13 April 2019
Greenville, North Carolina

2019 National Maritime Awards Dinner
2 May 2019
National Press Club
Washington, DC

Hobart Whaling Conference
6-7 May 2019
Carnegie Gallery, Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Hobart, Australia

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

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, T

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

Treasurer Seekers
New Permanent Exhibit Open (video)
Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa, Florida

The Vikings Begin

20 October 2018 - 14 April 2019
Nordic Museum
Seattle, Washington

A Pirate's Life for Me
20 October 2018 - 22 April 2019
V&A Museum of Childhood
London, United Kingdom

Death in the Ice
The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition
November 2018 - April 2019
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut


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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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