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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 April 2016)

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The second part of this article features storms at sea, men overboard, and hurricanes -- dangers that endangered the lives of pirates and seamen alike.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month

Consider what a dangerous sea the world is in which they soul is to sail the leaking ship of they body . . . In this world souls meet with rocks and sands, sirens and pyrates; worldly temptations, worldly lusts, and worldly company cause many [to] "drown themselves in perdition."

the Reverend John Flavell
Navigation Spiritualized, 1682
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Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1579-1740
by Mark G. Hanna
History, 16th-18th century

Blackbeard Reconsidered by Baylus C. Brooks
History, Biography, 18th 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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Congratulations to the winners of the
16th birthday celebration of Pirates & Privateers!

Dave Brewster
Alexander Riley
Caroline Blaha-Black

Answers to the contest
1. Which pirate leader helped Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans? Jean Laffite or Dominique Youx

2. What do you like the most about Pirates & Privateers? Book Reviews, Handiness of site, depth of article research

3. What was the title of the first article that launched Pirates & Privateers? Jean Laffite, Enigma and Legend

4. Of all the articles I've published, which is your favorite? Pirates & Music, Pirates & Sea Shanties, Medicine at Sea

5. Who was the youngest known pirate?John King

6. What pirate would you like to see an article about? Bartolomeo, Stede Bonnet

7. What were three of the most famous pirate havens of the 17th & 18th centuries? Tortuga, Port Royal, Nassau (New Providence), Madagascar

8. What is the title of your favorite pirate book?
The Pirate Hunter by Richard Zacks (review)
Blackbeard: The Real Pirate of the Caribbean by Dan Parry (reviews)
The Pirate's Pocket Book by Stuart Robertson (review)

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Midlands Pirate Festival
20 April - 1 May 2016
Omaha, Nebraska

Buc Days Festival
21 April - 1 May 2016
Corpus Christi, Texas

Contraband Days
28 April - 8 May 2016
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Brixham Pirate Festival
30 April - 2 May 2016
Brixham, South Devon, United Kingdom

Pirate Days
21-22 May 2016
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens in theaters 7 July 2017

Exhibits & Courses

5 February - 5 September 2016
Discovery Times Square
New York, New York

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers of the Carolinas
3 March - 16 July 2016
Morris Center
Ridgeland, South Carolina

Mapping Ahab's "Storied Waves"
Whaling and the Geography of Moby Dick
through 15 May 2016
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Illuminating the Sea
The Marine Paintings of James E. Butterworth
through 31 May 2016
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

The Real and Imagined World of Pirates
begins 25 April 2016
Lecturer: Dr. Ed Fox
12-week online class
University of Exeter Continuing Education

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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Thank you, Cindy, for the excellent article [Mother Nature, Pirates, & Dangers at Sea] and very useful resource list.

-- Arthur Dunkelman, Director, Jay I Kislak Foundation

Thank you for creating a great website.

-- Steve Edwards, Texas


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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 April 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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