Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
P.O. Box 425, Keller, TX 76244-0425
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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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.
Pirate Quotes of the Month
[T]he Spanish in the West Indies captured two English vessels, cut off the hands, feet, noses and ears of the crews and smeared them with honey and tied them to trees to be tortured by flies and other insects. . . . The Spanish here plead that they were pirates, not merchants, and that they did not know of the peace.
– Venetian ambassador to London
in a letter to his doge, 1605
The Bonnie Bookaneer's
October Book Reviews
by Chuck Pfarrer
Historical Fiction, 19th century
by James L. Nelson
Historical Fiction, 9th century
by Josh Funk
illustrated by Michael Slack
The Quiet Pirate
by Stephanie Thatcher
The Sugar Revolution
by Lyle Garford
Historical Fiction, 18th century
The Notorious Captain Hayes
by Joan Druett
Non-fiction, 19th century
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please contact me.
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Pirate and Maritime News
Joe Neate and Mike Chapman talk about their new pirate game Sea of Thieves. Other episodes feature the band Ye Banished Privateers, Matt Aurthur of The Pirate History Podcast, and Scott Pooler of Gasparilla Media.
Books in the News
S. R. Staley's Tortuga Bay recently won two gold medals from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (My review of this book can be found here.)
CNRS Editions recently published Histoire des Pirates et des Corsaires edited by Gilbert Buti and Philippe Hrodej. Roberto Barazzuti and many others are among the contributors of this French volume. They look at such pirates and privateers as Francis Drake, Robert Surcouf, Rene Duguay-Trouin, Dragut, Barbarossa, and Koxinga.
Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses
Exhibits & Courses
I just wanted to send my gratitude for your excellent articles on the history of maritime piracy. It has been a great source of inspiration for my writing.
-- Caspar W.
Being a Pirate (or How to be one)
History of Piracy
Notorious Pirates (or Who was who)
Piracy Around the World
Pirates and Literature
Wooden Sailing Ships
Activities for Young Pirates
Exotic Ports of Call
Piratical Books Online
Ships and Sailing
Books for Young Pirates
Books for Apprenticed Pirates and Young Adults
Fiction Books for Adults
Nonfiction Books for Adults
Special ResourcesPirate 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 September 2016)
Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Revised November 2015)
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
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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