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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.

Fair winds and following seas,

also known as The Pirate Lady

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(Site updated 20 November 2015)

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The Boy Pirate

When Sam Bellamy captured a merchant ship in 1716, he acquired a new member to his crew. He was a young lad who vowed to kill himself if he wasn't allowed to join the pirates.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month

Pirates – no, they are not. These people are gangsters, kidnappers, whatever you can call them. But definitely they are not pirates. They’re hijacking boats, they are hijackers. It’s just like somebody says to you they hijack a pirate. Will you call them Somali hijackers – that’s what these people they are, kidnappers.

 – Gilbert Victor, first Seychellois victim, who spent
six months as a hostage of the Somali hijackers
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The Pyrate by Michael Aye
Historical Fiction, 19th century

Swashbuckling Scoundrels by Arie Kaplan
History, multiple centuries

Tudor Warship Mary Rose by Douglas McElvogue
History, Naval Archeology, 16th century

Lion in the Bay by Stanley L. Quick with Chipp Reid
Naval Fiction, War of 1812


Upcoming Appearances

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to speak to your group,
please contact me.

For information on upcomings workshops,
click here.

For additonal appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.


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Roh Press is having a special Black Friday Sale on Kindle e-books. All titles, including Emilio Salgari's Black Corsair series and Sandokan series, will cost $1.99. These prices will be in effect from 26 November through 29 November 2015. The sale begins at 11:00 PM PST on 26 November, and ends at 11:00 PM PST on 29 November. You will find reviews of these pirate tales at the links below.

Pirate & Maritime Events & Exhibits


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

Real Pirates Logo
8 May - 28 November 2015
Museum of Idaho
Idaho Falls, Idaho


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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 November 2015)

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.

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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