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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.

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,


Cindy
also known as The Pirate Lady


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(Site updated 22 August 2016)


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by Guest Columnist Laura Nelson

Sam Bellamy visits St. Croix and Virgin Gorda in 1717, where the pirates find destruction and create havoc.

 


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Pirate Quotes of the Month

Piracy is in its self a complication of Treason, Oppression, Murder, Assassination, Robbery and Theft, so it denotes the Crime to be perpetrated on the High Sea, or some part thereof, whereby it becomes more Atrocious.


– King’s Advocate James Smith at trial for survivors of Samuel Bellamy’s crew, 1717

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Pirates: Masterworks of Adventure
  Historical Fiction
, Various centuries


On the Account
by Helen Hollick
 Historical Fantasy, 18th century


Roland
by Timothy Freriks
Historical Fiction, 18th & 19th centuries


Dockyard Dog
by Lyle Garford
Historical Fiction, Nautical Fiction, 18th century



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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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Darren Simon on Under
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Darren Simon talks about his new young adult fantasy, The Dangerous Legacy, and writing about pirates.

Other recent guests have been author T S Rhodes, Chris Borden and Brittany Roberts of the combat entertainment troupe Under the Black Flag, Javier Dominguez of Big Hat Pirates, and The Bilge Pumps' Craig Lutke.



Sea Piracy Drops to 21-year Low
The International Maritime Bureau recently announced that pirate and armed robbery at sea has fallen. The last time they were this low was in 1995. Kidnappings off West Africa, however, have surged.





Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses

Events

Sea Chantey Festival
28 August 2016
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California


Festival of Sail
3-5 September 2016
San Diego, California


Naval History Conference
8-9 September 2016
U. S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland


Cedar Key Pirate Invasion
16-18 September 2016
Cedar Key, Florida


Voyage to Antarctica
Ernest Shackleton, Explorer Extraordinaire
4 October 2016
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston, Texas


Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens in theaters 26 May 2017
Trailer


Exhibits & Courses

Vikings
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 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.




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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
Privateers
Wooden Sailing Ships

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Activities for Young Pirates
Archaeology
Education
Exotic Ports of Call
History
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 August 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.

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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