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Arrr, I know that most common pirates cannot read, but for those few of you that can here is a list of the sources I have used to create this site.  I have also provided links to (for the books that they list) if you are interested in acquiring the books.

  1. The Avalon Hill General, Vol 17, Number 6, Hoisting The Jolly Roger, Michael Turner, pp 15-17,44 - very basic history with a few scenarios for AH's Wooden Ships and Iron Men game.
  2. Blackbeard, The Real Pirate of the Caribbean, Dan Parry, � 2006 - still reading
  3. Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts, Frank R. Stockton, � 1898 - somewhat superficial and draws heavily from John Exquemelin's Buccaneers of America, however, this piece was written around the turn of the century and is a good source to get a feel for a time closer to pirate times than today.
  4. Buccaneers of America, John Exquemelin, � 1??? - one of the definitive writings on the subject of pirates in the Caribbean Area during the Golden Age of Piracy.  The author obtained his stories firsthand as a crewman on pirate ships of the time.
  5. Buccaneers 1620-1700 (Elite Series, 69), Angus Konstam, � 2000 - short and sweet, only 63 pages, covers a variety of topics relating to buccaneers, their life and times.
  6. Buccaneer Explorer, William Dampier's Voyages, William Dampier, � 1994 - still reading
  7. Captain Kidd, Robert Ritchie, � 1986 - biography of William Kidd and reference on the prevailing attitudes toward pirates and privateers at the turn of the 18th century.
  8. Caribbean, Sea of the New World, German Arciniegas, � 1946 - still reading
  9. Empire, How Spain Became a World Power 1492-1763, Henry Kamen, � 2003 - still reading
  10. Encarta97, Microsoft - encyclopedic entries, very limited in nature
  11. Francis Drake : The Lives of a Hero, John Cummins, � 1995 - still reading
  12. A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates, Captain Charles Johnson, � 1724 - content wise this and the next are very close, the differences seem to be more a matter of what the publisher chose to include or exclude from the original.
  13. A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates, Daniel Defoe, � 1724 - there has surfaced some disagreement as to the conclusiveness of the deduction that Defoe and Johnson are one and the same.
  14. Ghosts, Gales and Gold, Edward Rowe Snow, � 1972 - there was not a lot about pirates in this book other than some passing mention of revolutionary war privateers.
  15. The Gigantic Book of Pirate Stories, Steve Brennan, � 2007 - still reading.
  16. The Book of Pirates, Howard Pyle, � 1???, the Gutenberg EText version (looking for a original copy with the pictures and all) entertaining, it starts with a brief overview, much of it apparently taken from the works by Captain Johnson and Esquemeling; after the introduction the meat of the work is composed of several fictional stories of the pirate golden age. eText
  17. The History of Pirates, Angus Konstam, � 1999 - a comprehensive look at the fact and fiction of pirates and piracy throughout history. Recommended reading for budding pirate historians.
  18. The Land of Lafitte the Pirate, Ray M. Thompson � 1943 - an entertaining book with quite a few tidbits of information about Jean and Pierre Lafitte and the area around New Orleans in which they operated.
  19. The Lost Fleet, Barry Clifford � 2002 - an excellent read, chronicles both the beginning of the Golden Age of Piracy and an archeological search of the wrecking of Comte d'Estr�es fleet.
  20. The Most Evil Pirates in History, Shelley Klein, � 2006 - still reading
  21. Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World, Philip de Souza, � 1999 - still reading
  22. Pirate : Eyewitness Books, Richard Platt � 1994 - quick overview of piracy throughout history, many wonderful images, geared toward children.
  23. The Pirate Coast, Richard Zacks, � 2005 - still reading
  24. Pirates, Philip Steele, � 1997 - a colorful book, much like the Eyewitness book, this one would be good for children and contains numerous pictures.
  25. The Pirate Quees, Susan Ronald � 2007 - still reading.
  26. Pirates (The Discovery Series), Philip Steele, � 1999 - another colorful book by this author, very suitable for children, many pictures and projects.
  27. Pirates, Captain Charles Johnson, � 1724 - another subset of the whole General History listed above.
  28. Pirates (Worldwide Illustrated History), Various, � 1998 - still reading
  29. The Pirates (from the Time-Life Books Seafarers series), Douglas Botting � 1978 - heavily based upon A General History ... above, the author frequently sites Daniel Defoe as the author of that book (a common assumption at the time of the copyright, but coming into question currently).  The text is accompanied with the artwork and pictures that you come to expect from Time-Life books.  The book centers on the period of about 1670-1720, roughly corresponding to what is known as The Golden Age of Piracy.
  30. Pirates! An A-Z Encyclopedia, Jan Rogozinski, � 1995 - reading
  31. Pirates and Piracy, David Reinhardt, � 1997 - profiles of several prominent pirates from the Golden Age, and some pieces on associated subjects like flags and ships.  No new research, mostly a rehash of old stories, pictures in black and white.
  32. Pirates & The Lost Templar Fleet, David Hatcher Childress, � 2003 - a waste of time as far as historical references go.
  33. Pirates & Piracy, E. Keble Chatterton, � 1914 - still reading
  34. Pirates of the Caribbean , Cruz Apestegui, � 2002 - an important piece, if for no other reason than it presents the Spanish side of the buccaneering age, numerous images and maps.
  35. Pirates Gold Rules of Play, MicroProse, � 1993 - one of Sid Meier's earlier games, before Civilization made him a hot game designer, the manual has some interesting historical information, much of it is in question as the flags scattered throughout the manual all have incorrect names attached to them.
  36. The Pirate Hunter, Richard Zacks, � 2002 - an entertaining and fairly well researched retelling of the William Kidd legend
  37. The Pirates Own Book, Marine Research Society, � 1924 - entertaining reading, but much of the information comes from Captain Johnson's A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates.
  38. The Pirate Wars, Peter Earle, � 2003 - a good reference on pirates and the various campaigns by governments to eliminate them.
  39. The Sea Rovers, Albert Marrin, � 1984 - a light treatise on pirates from early privateers like Drake and Hawkins to the Corsairs of the Barbary Coast, more of a children's book than adult reading.
  40. She Captains, Joan Druett, � 2000 - a well written set of stories about women and maritime history, backed with good research, includes chapters on women pirates, women captains and women sailors.
  41. Treasure Islands, Cameron Platt and John Wright, � 1992 - well written, with a good deal of information on a fair number of pirates that I had not heard of prior to reading this book; there is also a good deal of information about supposed buried treasures (interestingly enough that no one seems to have ever been able to find, which seems to confirm the accepted line that pirates did not bury treasure).
  42. The Usborne Book of Treasure Hunting, Anna Claybourne and Caroline Young, � 1998 - a light book on treasures found throughout the world, with a couple of entries dealing with pirates.  Lots of nice pictures.
  43. Under the Black Flag, David Cordingly, � 1995 - a comprehensive look at the fact and fiction of pirates and piracy during the Golden Age of Piracy. Recommended reading for budding pirate historians.

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