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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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(Site updated 18 June 2016)

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Jesamiah Acorne (Captain)New
by Guest Columnist Helen Hollick

Who is Jesamiah Acorne? Helen Hollick talks about the protagonist of her Sea Witch series. Includes an excerpt for the third voyage, Bring It Close.


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Pirate Quotes of the Month

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On board the Agile, near Port Antonio, in the island of Jamaica, we, the captain and mate certify and attest, that, steering for Martinique, have been attacked by a ferocious band of pirates, who boarded us from two boats to the number of thirty; and, having taken possession, we are in the meantime, in the most cruel peril, expecting, every instant, the same fate which two of our sailors have now undergone -- but they are coming -- I throw from the window.

(signed) L. Dessain and L. Laplace

-- English translation of letter found in a bottle
Printed in 4 January 1823 issue of Liverpool Mercury

The Bonnie Bookaneer's
NewAugust Book ReviewsNew

In Pursuit of the Essex
by Ben Hughes

 Naval History
, War of 1812

The Winds of Folly
by Seth Hunter

Historical / Nautical Fiction, 18th century

Force 12 in German Bight
by James Boschert
Mystery, 21st century


Upcoming Appearances

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If you would like the Pirate Lady 
to speak to your group,
please contact me.

For information on upcoming workshops,
click here.

For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

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Laura Nelson, who has contributed several articles to Pirates & Privateers, recently appeared on Phil Johnson's Under the Crossbones. She talks about her blog, "The Whydah Pirates Speak," and her new book by the same name.

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Michael Elledge was also interviewed by Phil Johnson. Michael builds cannons and he talks about those of the 17th and 18th centuries.

New Blog
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Bartolomeu Dias de Novais is descended from a lon
g line of seafurrers, cats who sailed the high seas. With the help of Philippa Sandall, as well as Adam and Ky Long, Bartolomeu writes true tales of ships' cats that are based on primary documents, such as journals, logs, letters, and diaries. Click on the blog's logo to read the latest adventures.

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


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

Pirate Takeover
6-7 August 2016
Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, United Kingdom

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

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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I'm new to your site and really enjoy it. The material on Sabatini's Captain Blood was nicely done. Keep up the fascinating work you do.

-- Danny Devine


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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 July 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


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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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