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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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also known as The Pirate Lady

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Pirates have many different weapons at their disposal, but the most important and the one that sets them apart from an ordinary highwayman is their ship. This article explores those used in the west, particularly during the 17th and 18th centuries. Part one examines the three traits pirates sought in their vessels.

Our study of ships concludes in part four, which discusses how pirates armed their vessels and what artifacts have been unearthed that show us what life may have been like aboard a pirate ship.

Please note: There will be a delay in the publication of the December article. Look for Guest Columnist Tanner Price's offering on Zheng Yi Sao around 1 December.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month
Considering the boldness of this fellow, who last year with no more than a sloop of 10 guns and 60 men, ventured into Trepassey in Newfoundland where there were a great number of merchant ships, upwards of 1,200 men and 40 pcs. of cannon, and yet for want of courage in this headless multitude, plundered and burnt divers ships there, and make such as he pleased prisoners.

-- Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia
on Bartholomew Roberts' attack in June 1720

On board the Pirate Sloop is Major Bennet, but has no Comman[d], he walks about in his Morning Gown, and then to his Books, of which he has a good Library on Board, he was not well of his wounds that he received by attacking a Spanish Man of War, which kill'd and wounded thirty to forty men. After which putting into Providence, the place of Rendevouze for the Pirates, they put the afore said Capt. Teach on board for this Cruise.

-- from an account of Blackbeard's seizure of a ship in the Delaware Bay
from Boston News Letter November 1718, with information on Stede Bonnet

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The Barbary Pirates
by Angus Konstam
History, 15th-17th centuries

The Cutty Sark Pocket Manuel
by Arron Hewett and Louise Macfarlane
, 19th century

by Peter Lehr
History, 8th-21st centuries

True Colors
by Ozgur O. Sahin

Historical Fiction
, 17th century


Upcoming Appearances

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please contact me.

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New Recommended Pirate Link

At The Pirate Glossary, Careena the Sea Wench presents an overflowing treasure chest filled with words to round out a pirate's vocabulary. Within the pages of this website you'll learn about famous pirates, in addition to lexicons dealing with phrases, ships & ship anatomy, finances, flags, merriment & misery, name-calling, places, weaponry, and measurements. She also includes artwork and diagrams to illustrate some of the words.

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Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park
4 October - 2 November 2019
Pleasanton, California

Nautical Nightmares
25-27 October 2019
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

Pirate Invasion
25-27 October 2019
Flagler Beach, Florida

Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash
26-27 October 2019
Boynton Beach, Florida

Pirates Week

1-3 November 2019
Cayman Brac

7-11 November 2019
Grand Cayman

15-17 November 2019
Little Cayman
Cayman Islands

Blackbeard's Ball
3 November 2019
St. Augustine, Florida

Lantern Light Tours
23 November - 22 December 2019
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

30 November - 28 December 2019
San Diego Maritime Museum
San Diego, California
Exhibits, Courses, & Performances

Pirates of Emerson
Haunted Themed Park
4 October - 2 November 2019
Pleasanton, California

J. M. W. Turner Watercolors
5 October 2019 - 23 February 2020
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic, Connecticut

Christmas at Pirates Voyage
1 November 2019 - 4 January 2020
Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

De Wind Is Op!
Now through 15 May 2020
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, Massachusetts


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Your resource links are impressive. I look forward to learning more on your site. Thanks! -- Bad Hombre


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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 October 2019)

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 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


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
(Updated December 2018)



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