Piracy has existed since the earliest times sailors put to sea.
However, most Americans when asked about pirates probably picture
the Caribbean pirates of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries.
Stories of characters like Blackbeard and Henry Morgan, along with legends
of their hidden treasure, continue to fascinate us.
Avalon Project : The Barbary Treaties 1786-1816
offers the text of the treaty between the U.S. and the Bey of
Tunis, signed at Tunis on Aug. 28, 1797, and, with alterations, on
March 26, 1799. The Barbary pirates were Muslim pirates who
operated from the coast of North Africa. They were most active in
the 17th century but continued their operations until the 19th
Grace O'Malley - Granuaile O'Malley Page
by Peter O'Malley talks about Granuaile O'Malley (Or Grace
O'Malley, or Gráinne Ni Mhaille or Gráinne Uaile). She was a "Sea
Queen" and pirate in the 16th century.
History of Greek Shipping
by Spyros M. Polemis includes information on pirates from the
middle of the second millenium B.C. to the present.
The Jolly Roger
describes the origin of this pirate symbol, probably first flown
around 1700 by Emmanuel Wynne the Caribbean pirate.
by Krzysztof Wilczynski offers facts and legends about
from the Rochedale State School offers biographies of famous
pirates, a summary of Robert L. Stevenson's novel Treasure
Island, pirate stories, pirate poems, pirate quizzes, and
Pirates mailing list
brings together historians, researchers, authors, and other
interested individuals in serious discussions of the history of
piracy and related topics. You can join the Pirates mailing list by
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Pirates of the Bahamas
from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism offers a brief look at the
history of pirates around Nassau, including Blackbeard and Roger
Pirates of the Caribbean
covers the "Golden Age" of Piracy especially in the Caribbean.
Features images of pirates, their weapons and flags, and discusses
the difference between "pirate," "privateer," and "buccaneer."
Pirates of the Spanish Main
offers a list of pirates, a bibliography of pirate literature, a
list of museums and nautical sites, a filmography over one hundred
motion pictures about pirates, pirate games, pirate fiction, and