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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.

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.

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also known as The Pirate Lady

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(Site updated 20 January 2016)

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The primary tool that differentiated a pirate from a highwayman or a thief was his sea-roving vessel. While he wasnít particular about the type of conveyance he used, she needed to possess certain traits. The faster the better, since sometimes he needed to flee pursuers or run down prey attempting to escape. She required a shallow draft and should sail well. After all, the less water she needed under her keel to stay afloat, the easier it was for her to escape into water where a larger ship could not go. Join me in this exploration of pirate ships, inside and out.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month

Come, all you brave boys, whose courage is bold,
Will you venture with me? Iíll glut you with gold.
Make hast unto Corunna: a Ship you will find,
Thatís called the Fancy, will pleasure your mind.
Captain Every is in her, and calls her his own;
He will box her about, boys, before he has done.
French, Spaniard, and Portuguese, the heathen likewise,
He has made a war with them until that he dies.
Ė Henry Every, 1694

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Privateering by Faye M. Kert
History, War of 1812, 19th century

The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk by Sally Malcolm

Historical Fiction, Historical Romance 18th century

Secret Harbor by Andrea K. Stein
Historical Romance, 18th century

Crucible of Tradition by David C. Perry
Historical Fiction, Maritime fiction, 18th century

French Warships in the Age of Sail, 1786-1861
by Rif Winfield and Stephen S. Roberts
Naval History, France, 18th &19th centuries


Upcoming Appearances

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please contact me.

For information on upcomings workshops,
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For additonal appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.


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New Pirate Game
3K6 Hobby is developing a new tabletop game of naval skirmishes during the seventeenth century. It is a test of a pirate captain's skills and managing his ship and crew. They hope to have it ready for debut later this year. For more information click on the banner above to check out their website, or visit their Facebook page.

Pirate & Maritime Events & Exhibits


Gasparilla Pirate Festival
29-30 January 2016
Tampa Bay, Florida

Lake Park Pirate Fest
31 January 2016
Kelsey Park
Lake Park, Florida

Treasure Coast Pirate Festival
5-7 February 2016
Fort Pierce, Florida

Navies in Miniature Symposium

4-5 February 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens in theaters 7 July 2017


Viking Voyages
20 March 2015 - 22 February 2017
National Maritime Museum
Cornwall, United Kingdom

5 February - 5 September 2016
Discovery Times Square
New York, New York

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers of the Carolinas
March - July 2016
Morris Center
Ridgeland, South Carolina


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Cindy has written more on pirates and piracy than anybody I know of. Contacting Cindy, I found a knowledgeable resource who was willing to answer numerous questions, offer advice, and wisdom. You can find anything you want to know about pirates in Cindy's articles and publications. She is the pirate lady.

-- Michael Aye in his "Notes from the Author" in The Pyrate


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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
Fun places for pirates in need of rest & relaxation
(Updated August 2015)

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 January 2016)

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 July 2015)

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.

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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


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