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The history of pirates
Konstam, Angus.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Lyons Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations, maps ; 31 cm
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Includes index.
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G535 .K66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
G535 .K66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G535 .K66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G535 .K66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A wonderful chronicle of thievery murder and torture on the high seas all in a beautiful oversized book

Author Notes

Originally from the Orkney Islands, Angus Konstam was the curator of arms and armor at the Tower of London and is currently the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, FL, setting up major exhibitions throughout the eastern seaboard of North America. He is the author of Historical Atlas of Exploration for Facts On File/Checkmark Books and lives in Key West.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Two new lavishly illustrated books authored by maritime scholar Konstam provide a treasure trove of seafaring history, lore, and legend. The History of Pirates chronicles the evolution of piracy from antiquity to the present. In addition to offering a historical overview of this fascinating subject, Konstam profiles individual pirates, explores infamous vessels, and compares and contrasts various pirate regions and eras. He does a commendable job of separating fact from fiction while still preserving and communicating the essential mystique of piracy that has captivated the imaginations of generations of sea lovers. In Shipwrecks both the prelude to and the aftermath of each notable shipwreck are explored in depth. Especially interesting is the space devoted to daring sea rescues, painstaking salvage efforts, and the fledgling science of underwater archaeology. While most readers are familiar with the tragic tale of the Titanic, Konstam introduces a host of equally compelling maritime disasters that will enthrall serious students and casual browsers. --Margaret Flanagan

Table of Contents

David Cordingly
Forewordp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Privateer, Buccaneer, or Pirate?p. 10
The Pirate in Popular Fictionp. 12
Chapter 1 Piracy in the Ancient Worldp. 16
Pirate Ship--The Biremep. 20
The Sea Peoplesp. 22
Piracy in the Greek Worldp. 24
The Ciliciansp. 26
Pirate Hunter--Pompey the Greatp. 28
Chapter 2 Medieval Piratesp. 30
The Ships of Medieval Europep. 34
Byzantine Piratesp. 36
The Pirates of Northern Europep. 38
Chapter 3 The Barbary Piratesp. 40
Pirate Ship--The Galleyp. 44
The Barbarossa Brothersp. 46
Murat Raisp. 48
Uluj Alip. 50
The Knights of Maltap. 52
Chapter 4 The Spanish Main and the Sea Roversp. 54
Ship Profile: The Golden Hindp. 58
Pirate Ship--Privateers of the Elizabethan Erap. 62
Sir Francis Drakep. 64
Sir John Hawkinsp. 66
Huguenot Piratesp. 68
The Spanish Mainp. 66
Pirate Hunter--Pedro de Menendezp. 70
Chapter 5 The Buccaneersp. 72
Pirate Ship--The Sloopp. 76
Sir Henry Morganp. 78
Jean "L'Olonnais"p. 82
Sir Christopher Myngsp. 84
Bartolomeo el Portugues and Rock Brazilianop. 86
Michel de Grammontp. 88
The Sack of Cartegenap. 90
Pirate Bases--Tortuga and Port Royalp. 92
Chapter 6 The Golden Age of Piracyp. 94
Flying the Jolly Rogerp. 98
Edward Teach--"Blackbeard"p. 102
"Calico" Jack Rackham and the Female Piratesp. 104
Bartholomew Robertsp. 106
Samuel Bellamyp. 108
Charles Vanep. 110
Stede Bonnetp. 112
Howell Davisp. 114
Pirate Weaponsp. 116
Pirate Hunter--Woodes Rogersp. 118
Pirate Base--New Providencep. 120
Chapter 7 Piracy in the Indian Oceanp. 122
Thomas Tewp. 126
William Kiddp. 128
Henry Everyp. 130
Edward Englandp. 132
Kanhoji Angriap. 134
Pirate Base--Madagascarp. 136
Bringing the Pirates to Justicep. 138
The Trial and Execution of Piratesp. 140
Chapter 8 The Privateering Erap. 142
French Privateersp. 146
American Privateersp. 148
John Paul Jonesp. 150
Chapter 9 The Last Piratesp. 152
Jean Laffitep. 156
"Don" Pedro Gibertp. 158
Benito de Sotop. 160
Pirate Bases--Barataria, Galveston, and Cubap. 162
Pirate Hunter--David Porterp. 164
Chapter 10 Piracy in the Far Eastp. 166
Pirate Ship--The Junkp. 170
Kuo Hsing Yehp. 172
Ching Yihp. 174
Shap-'ng-Tsaip. 176
Pirate Base--The Indonesian Archipelagop. 176
Chapter 11 Modern Day Piratesp. 180
Today's Pirate Hotspotsp. 182
Pirate Appearancep. 184
The Pirate Codep. 186
The Legacy of Piracyp. 188
Indexp. 190