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Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
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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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Pirates and Corsairs at Home and in the New World

A common misconception in piracy, especially as regards the Caribbean, is that Spain was the enemy and only men and women from other countries were pirates and privateers. But they also came from Spain and her colonies. Sometimes they attacked shipping from foreign nations; other times, they attacked vessels from their native lands. Later on, when the colonies decided they wished to rule themselves, the rebel governments also commissioned privateers to fight against their Spanish overlords. Pirates also participated in this struggle.

Part 2 looks at more members of the guarda costa, a third attack on New Providence, and Spanish pirates, such as El Mulato.


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Pirate Quotes of the Month

I, Captain Manuel Rivero Pardal to ye chief of ye squadron of privateers in Jamaica. I am he who this year have done that which follows. I went on shore at Caimonos and burnt twenty houses and fought with Captain Ary and took from him a ketch laden with provisions and a canoe. I am he who took Captain Baines [Captain Bernard “Bart” Speirdyke] and did carry the prize to Cartagena, and am now arrived at this coast and have burnt it.

And I am come to seek Admiral Morgan, with two ships of war of twenty guns, and having seen this, I crave he would come out upon the coast and seek me, that he might see the valour of the Spaniards. And because I had no time I did not come to the mouth of Port royal to speak by word of mouth in the name of my King, whom God Preserve.

 -- Manuel Rivero Pardal, a Portuguese corsair sailing under a
Spanish commission, in message to Henry Morgan, 5 July 1670

The Bonnie Bookaneer's
NewNovember Book ReviewsNew

Pirate's Perfect Pet
by Beth Ferry
Picture Book

The Best Pirate
by Sue Mongredien
illustrated by Dan Taylor

Picture Book

Ned the Knitting Pirate
by Diana Murray
illustrated by Leslie Lammle

Picture Book

Good Pirate
by Kari-Lynn Winters
illustrated by Dean Griffiths

Picture Book

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon
 by Jonny Duddle

The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom
by Jonny Duddle

Pirate Heiress
by Chloe Flowers
Historical Romance, 18th & 19th centuries

The Rogue's Surrender
by Katherine Bone
Historical Romance, 19th 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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New Recommended Pirate Links
History of Pirates Podcast
History of Pirates Podcast
From ancient times to modern day, Craig Buddy chronologically discusses the history of piracy around the world. He explores why they exist and introduces famous and not-so-famous pirates.

Pirate History Podcast
Pirate History Podcast
Matt Arthur hosts this show on the realities of pirates during the golden age (1700-1725) and the world in which they lived. He debunks the myths and looks at the forces that influenced them, as well as their influences on us throughout history. He also provides background information to ground listeners in this historical period.

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Phil Johnson interviews historians, writers, artists, small business owners, musicians, actors, and many others who share their fascination with pirates and pirate lore. An episode guide allows ready access to past episodes and previous guests, including Don Maetz, Tiger Lee, Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket, Benerson Little, and yours truly.

The latest episodes since last month's updates include Tim Murphy of Pirates of Padre Tiempo, Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016, Dane Bennett of Pride of Bedlam, Cindy Stavely and Captain Mayhem of St. Augustine Pirate Museum, and Xander Kent of Blackbeard Banners.

Pirate Books
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Maggie Grinnell has written David and Rusty's Pirate Adventure, for young pirate apprentices. While playing in the house one day, David and his Teddy bear travel through a small door to a real pirate ship. And the captain wants to keep Rusty. The book also includes interesting facts about pirates and Teddy bears, as well as a free poster.

Cover Art: The Whydah Pirates Speak

Laura Nelson has collected her articles on Sam Bellamy and the other Whydah pirates in The Whydah Pirates Speak. The book also includes the trial transcript of those men captured after the pirate ship sank and the Reverend Cotton Mather's Instructions to the Living, from the Condition of the Dead, a pirate sermon preached before their execution.

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Murder Among the Mateys
Murder Mystery Party
27 October 2016
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston, Texas

Haunted Pirate Ship

29 October 2016
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston, Texas

Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens in theaters 26 May 2017

Queen Anne's Revenge
 300th Anniversary of Sinking

Exhibits & Courses

Vikings: Beyond the Legend
Cincinnati Museum Center
opens 11 November 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio


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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 October 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.

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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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