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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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Fair winds and following seas,

also known as The Pirate Lady

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Not all pirates died young or violently. Some retired to die of natural causes. The final installment in this series on death discusses how these pirates succumbed, as well as exploring a few out-of-the-ordinary causes of death that others suffered.

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Pirate Quote of the Month

…lean, sallow-coloured, his eyes a little yellowish and belly jutting out or prominent…. He complained to me of want of appetite for victuals, he had a kicking or roaching to vomit every morning and generally a small looseness attending him, and withal is much given to drinking and staying up late, which I supposed had been the cause of his present indisposition.
– Dr. Sloane on his assessment of Sir Henry Morgan before his death in 1688

…death either in one shape or another had been the Fate of almost every Man that had ever committed Piracy on the High Seas…in any Age or [Country] were knowingly permitted to go in Peace and Honour to their Graves; or any Pirate or Accessories to Piracy, ever lived after their Crimes, in any Degree of Credit or Esteem among their Countrymen.
A Discourse of the Laws Relating to Pirates and Privateers, 1726

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The Bonnie Bookaneer's
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Pirates Off the Deep End by T. W. Kirchner
Fiction, Modern Piracy, Buccaneers, 21st century

Duke by Day, Rogue by Night by Katherine Bone
Historical Romance, Regency Romance, 19th century

Dubh-Linn by James L. Nelson
Historical Fiction
, Vikings, 9th century

The Wrath of Brotherhood by Ozgur K. Sahin
Historical Fiction
, Buccaneers, 17th century

Hostile Seas by J. L. Savidge
Somali Piracy, 21st century

Private Anti-Piracy Navies by John J. Pitney, Jr. and John-Clark Levin
Modern Piracy, Maritime Security, 21st century

At the Point of a Cutlass by Gregory N. Flemming
History, Pirates, 18th century


Upcoming Appearances

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If you would like the Pirate Lady 
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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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First Person Launch
Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life premieres the inaugural installment of "First Person" experiences. First up, are three accounts from the sailing of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan.
San Salvador
Your last chance to visit the San Salvador at the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California is 27 December 2014. After that the build site will close in preparation for the galleon's launch.

Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits


Treasure Island
19 December 2014 - 8 April 2015
National Theatre
London, England

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!
20 December 2014 - 3 January 2015
The Snapple Theater Ceneter / Jerry Orbah Theater
New York, New York

Galveston and Houston
A Tale of Two Ports
4 January 2015
Texas Seaport Museum
Galveston, Texas

Gunboat Diplomacy
Edwin W. Moore and the Texas Navy
18 January 2015
Texas Seaport Museum
Galveston, Texas

The Battle of Galveston
An Updated View
1 February 2015
Texas Seaport Museum
Galveston, Texas

Civil War Blockaders
with author Andrew Hall
10 February 2015
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston, Texas

Maritime Security Management Asia
25-26 February 2015

Purging the Seas
Government Reaction to Piracy, 1600-2015

with Kim Todt and Elizabeth Nyman
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston, Texas

Laffite Seminar
17-18 April 2015
Galveston, Texas

Tall Ships
25-28 June 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey

Ships, Clocks & Stars
The Quest for Longitude
11 July 2014 - 4 January 2015
National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, United Kingdom

B is for Buttersworth, F is for Forgery
Solve a Maritime Art Mystery
25 October 2014 - 26 April 2015
The Mariners' Museum
Newport News, Virginia


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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 February 2013)

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 December 2014)

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(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)

Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated December 2014)

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


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