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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

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Bringing Pirates to Life through the Written WordNew
by Guest Columnist Darren Simon
Cover Art: The Dangerous
Writers of historical fiction try to be as historically accurate as possible without sacrificing the fictional story. Darren Simon discusses his journey of weaving pirate history into his young adult fantasy, The Dangerous Legacy, where Sam Every travels back to the Golden Age of Piracy to rescue kidnapped children and to stop the theft of a mythical sword that can alter the world in which he lives.


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Pirate Quotes of the Month

[Every was] daring and good tempered, but insolent and uneasy at times, and always unforgiving if at any time imposed upon. His manner of living was imprinted in his face, and his profession might easily be told from it. . . . He still had many principles of morality which many subjects of the King have experienced.

Testimony during trial of one of Henry Every's men, 1697

[W]e do hereby further declare that in case any of the persons abovenamed or any other reasons who were in the said ship with Henry Every . . . so as they may be seized and taken, in order to be brought to Justice, he and they marking such [disclosure] shall have His Majesty's gracious pardon for all their offenses. And we do hereby further declare that such person or persons . . . shall have the reward of five hundred pounds promised in the said former Proclamation for the discover and seizure of the said Henry Every.

-- 1696 Proclamation from King William III
The Bonnie Bookaneer's
NewJuly Book ReviewsNew

Amber Wake
by P. S. Bartlett and Ronovan Hester
Historical Fiction
, 18th century

Fortune's Whelp
by Benerson Little
Historical Fiction, 17th century

The Dangerous Legacy
by Darren Simon
reviewed by Irwin Bryan
Historical Fantasy, 21st & 18th centuries

Little Pegleg the Pirate
by D. Alan Hewitt
Fantasy, Allegory

The Pirate Jamboree
by Mark Teague
Picture Book

Are You the Pirate Captain?
by Gareth P. Jones
Illustrated by Garry Parsons
Picture Book

The Butcher's Daughter
by Mark McMillan
Historical Fiction, 16th century

Charity's Cross
by MaryLu Tyndall
Historical Romance, 18th century

Glendalough Fair
by James L. Nelson
Historical Fiction, 9th century


Upcoming Appearances

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please contact me.

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click here.

For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

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The Pirate Republic

New Board Game: The
                      Pirate Republic

On Friday, 27 May, Green Feet Games launched a Kickstarter Campaign to fund a new board game called "The Pirate Republic." It received some great reviews, but failed to acquire sufficient funding, so Tom Butler has canceled the campaign. He plans to relaunch the campaign in November. If you'd like to stay active and keep abreast of the relaunch, sign up for their newsletter at Green Feet Games or checking them out on their social media pages. He welcomes questions if you have them and thanks those of you who support this project.

Whydah Pirate Museum
On 25 June, the Whydah Pirate Museum will open in its new home in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts. It will feature the collection of artifacts that has been on display in the National Geographic traveling exhibit, The Real Pirates. These are the only pirate coins, pistols, swords, and other artifacts excavated from an authenticated pirate shipwreck, Black Sam Bellamy's Whydah, which  sank off Cape Cod during a nor'easter. At the time of its sinking it carried treasure plundered from fifty-three ships, and only two men survived. This location will feature never-before-seen artifacts recovered from the wreckage, as well as a laboratory where visitors can watch archaeologists recover what's been brought up from the ocean floor. Visitors will learn about real pirates who lived during the golden age of piracy and the world in which they lived. There will be a replica of the Whydah's stern.

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Festival of the Sea
18 June - 3 July 2016
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Rusty Scupper's Pirate Daze
24-26 June 2016

Westport, Washington

Conwy Pirate Weekend
25-26 June 2016
Conwy, North Wales, United Kingdom

Pirate Invasion of the Belmont Pier
25-26 June 2016
Long Beach, California

Redpath Waterfront Festival
1-3 July 2016
Toronto, Canada

Pirates Festival
7-10 July 2016
Bay City, Michigan

SeaDog Nights and Gypsy Carnival
14-18 July 2016
Lebanon, Oregon

Vero Beach Pirate Fest
29-31 July 2016
Riverside Park
Vero Beach, Florida

Beaufort Pirate Invasion
12-13 August 2016
Beaufort, North Carolina

Pirates of the Pacific Festival
12-14 August 2016
Brookings Harbor, Oregon

Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend
12-14 August 2016
Rock Hall, Maryland

Pirates of the Fairibbean
17-20 August 2016
Davis County Fair
Farmington, Utah

Sea Chantey Festival
28 August 2016
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

Naval History Conference
8-9 September 2016
U. S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland

Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens in theaters 26 May 2017

Exhibits & Courses

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

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers of the Carolinas
3 March - 16 July 2016
Morris Center
Ridgeland, South Carolina

Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers
opens 20 June 2016
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

The Lost World of the Sailing Ships 1780 to 1880
An Introduction to Maritime History
begins 26 September 2016
Lecturer: Dr. Helen Doe
semester-long online class
University of Exeter Continuing Education


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Another great newsletter! Many kudos on the Mother Nature, Pirates, & Dangers at Sea article. It was interesting, great first-hand quotes and excerpts, and excellent pictures accompanying the text.

-- Irwin Bryan


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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 June 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 April 2016)

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.

The backgrounds used on Pirates and Privateers are from WebGround.


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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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