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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.

Fair winds and following seas,

also known as The Pirate Lady

Under the Crossbones with Cindy Vallar

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(Site updated 18 September 2021)

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New articleIn the Aftermath of Kidd
New article

Although Kidd was dead, the East India Company wasn’t finished with him. His attack did offer a respite for some pirates if they were willing to give up their criminal pursuits. As the sands of time shifted, so did public opinion about pirates. But pirates continued to prowl for victims in the Indian Ocean as one Company man soon discovered.

Part 2 of this article discusses what happened after the pirates captured James Macrae's ship, as well as an even greater prize that they took.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month
. . . the voyage before, did cause one of these very men to be whipped at the sea-gate and out of Madras, for only proposing to go upon the account -- the word "account" being understood among sailors, to go a-pirating.

 – East India Company correspondence to
Council in London, 12 August 1716

We hear that there are three [pirate ships] cruising off Cape Comorin, who vainly as well as impudently give out that they are friends to no man, but to God Almighty.

– Letter from Bombay, 18 February 1697
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New reviewsOctober Book ReviewsNew

Nelson's Navy in 100 Objects
by Gareth Glover

reviewed by Irwin Bryan

When the Mermaid Sings
by Helen Hollick
Historical Fantasy

The Sugar Sands
by Lyle Garford
Historical Fiction


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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Pirates on the Move

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                        the Pirate)Peter the Pirate, a longtime friend of Pirates and Privateers, has offered history walks of Bristol, England for many years. Recently, he added a mobile unit that allows him to take pirate history on tour so he can spread the word about pirates and entertain young pirates and pirates in training. This also allows him to promote his book, Swashbuckling Tales of West Country Pirates. To learn more about Pirate Walks and read up on some pirate history, visit the link above. Fair winds and following winds, Peter!

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Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


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.

Tall Ship Wavertree
Fridays - Sundays
29 May - 10 October 2021
South Street Seaport Museum
New York, New York

Pirates & Privateers Presentation
Fridays at 10:00 am
June - September 2021
Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Northglenn Pirate Fest
17-18 September 2021
Northglenn, Colorado

Pirate & Caribbean Festival
17-19 September 2021
Vero Beach, Florida

Pirate Festival
18 September 2021
Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

Talk Like a Pirate Day
19 September 2021
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic, Connecticut

International Talk Like a Pirate Day
19 September 2021

Death of a Blackheart Murder Mystery Dinner
24 September 2021
Owensboro Convention Center
Owensboro, Kentucky

31st Annual Buccaneer Days
30 September - 2 October 2021
Catalina Island, California

Pirates of Emerson
Haunted Themed Park

30 September - 31 October 2021
Pleasanton, California

Pirates of the High Seas Treasure Hunt
4-10 October 2021
Panama City Beach, Florida

Harwich Shanty Festival
8-10 October 2021
Harwich, United Kingdom

Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree
29-30 October 2021
Ocracoke, North Carolina

Sultana Downrigging
Tall Ships & Bluegrass

29-31 October 2021
Chestertown, Maryland

National Maritime Historical Society
Mississippi River Cruise

12-19 March 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana to Memphis, Tennessee

Götheborg of Sweden
Expedition 2022

Beginning in April
Sweden to East Asia
Exhibits, Courses, & Performances

The Vikings Begin
Through 19 September 2021
Museum of the Rockies
Bozeman, Montana

Sea as Muse
Opening September 2021
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic, Connecticut

Joe Danks
Cutty Sark Concerts

25 September 2021
Cutty Sark's Dry Dock
Greenwich, United Kingdom

27th Maritime Art Exhibit
Through 25 September 2021
Coos Art Museum
Coos Bay, Oregon

In American Waters
Through 3 October 2021
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

The American Society of Marine Artists
18th National Exhibition
Through 3 October 2021
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Winona, Minnesota

22 October 2021 - 27 February 2022
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
St. Michaels, Maryland


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Your review is so gorgeously written . . . And now I've discovered your excellent website as well. It's a tremendous resource. ~ Larry Feign, author of The Flower Boat Girl


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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 September 2021)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Updated May 2021)
Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated September 2021)

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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To obtain permission for their use please go to ClipArt.com.

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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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