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The Golden Age of Piracy is a common designation given to usually one or more outbursts of piracy in the maritime history of the early modern period. In its broadest accepted definition, the Golden Age of Piracy spans the 1650s to the late 1720s and covers three major separate outbursts of piracy:

(1) The buccaneering period of approximately 1650 to 1680, characterized by Anglo-French seamen based on Jamaica and Tortuga attacking Spanish colonies and shipping in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific.

(2) The Pirate Round of the 1690s, associated with long-distance voyages from the Americas to rob Muslim and East India Company targets in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.

(3) The post-Spanish Succession period extending from 1716 to 1726, when Anglo-American sailors and privateers left unemployed by the end of the War of the Spanish Succession, turned en masse to piracy in the Caribbean, the North American eastern seaboard, the West African coast, and the Indian Ocean Narrower definitions of the Golden Age sometimes exclude the first or second periods, but most include at least some portion of the third. The modern conception of pirates as depicted in popular culture is derived largely, although not always accurately, from the Golden Age of Piracy.

Factors contributing to piracy during the Golden Age included the rise in quantities of valuable cargoes being shipped to Europe over vast ocean areas, reduced European navies in certain regions, the training and experience that many sailors had gained in European navies (particularly the Royal Navy), and ineffective government in European overseas colonies. The colonial powers at the time constantly fought with pirates and engaged in several notable battles and other related events.

Available Books

Book Title Date
Golden Age of Piracy - A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies 1690
Golden Age of Piracy - A General History of Pyrates Vol. I A General History of Pyrates Vol. I 1724
Golden Age of Piracy - A General History of Pyrates Vol. II A General History of Pyrates Vol. II 1724
Golden Age of Piracy - A New Voyage and Description of the Isthmus of America A New Voyage and Description of the Isthmus of America 1699
Golden Age of Piracy - An Account of the Conduct and Proceedings of the Late John Gow An Account of the Conduct and Proceedings of the Late John Gow 1725
Golden Age of Piracy - Articles Exhibited Against Lord Archibald Hamilton Articles Exhibited Against Lord Archibald Hamilton 1717
Golden Age of Piracy - Blackbeard, Buccaneer Blackbeard, Buccaneer 1922
Golden Age of Piracy - Bucaniers of America Vol. I Bucaniers of America Vol. I 1684
Golden Age of Piracy - Bucaniers of America Vol. II Bucaniers of America Vol. II 1685
Golden Age of Piracy - Buccaneers and Pirates of our Coasts Buccaneers and Pirates of our Coasts 1898
Golden Age of Piracy - Captain William Kidd, and Others of the 
Pirates Captain William Kidd, and Others of the Pirates 1874
Golden Age of Piracy - Cosmographie Universelle Cosmographie Universelle 1555
Golden Age of Piracy - Daring Deeds of Famous Pirates Daring Deeds of Famous Pirates 1917
Golden Age of Piracy - De Americaensche Zee-Roovers De Americaensche Zee-Roovers 1678
Golden Age of Piracy - Die Americanische See-Rauber Die Americanische See-Rauber 1679
Golden Age of Piracy - Histoire des Avanturiers Vol. I Histoire des Avanturiers Vol. I 1686
Golden Age of Piracy - Histoire des Avanturiers Vol. II Histoire des Avanturiers Vol. II 1686
Golden Age of Piracy - Instructions to the Living, from the Condition of the Dead Instructions to the Living, from the Condition of the Dead 1717
Golden Age of Piracy - Old Panama and Castilla del Oro Old Panama and Castilla del Oro 1911
Golden Age of Piracy - Piratas de la America Piratas de la America 1681
Golden Age of Piracy - Proclamation for Apprehending Henry Every Proclamation for Apprehending Henry Every 1696
Golden Age of Piracy - Proclamation for Suppressing of Pirates and Privateers in America Proclamation for Suppressing of Pirates and Privateers in America 1688
Golden Age of Piracy - Reasons for Reducing the Pyrates at Madagascar Reasons for Reducing the Pyrates at Madagascar 1704
Golden Age of Piracy - Story of the Barbary Corsairs Story of the Barbary Corsairs 1890
Golden Age of Piracy - The Book of Buried Treasure The Book of Buried Treasure 1911
Golden Age of Piracy - The King of Pirates The King of Pirates 1720
Golden Age of Piracy - The Pirates of Panama The Pirates of Panama 1914
Golden Age of Piracy - The Real Captain Kidd; a Vindication The Real Captain Kidd; a Vindication 1911
Golden Age of Piracy - The Sea: It's Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril & Heroism Vols. 1 & 2 The Sea: It's Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril & Heroism Vols. 1 & 2 1880
Golden Age of Piracy - The Sea: It's Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril & Heroism Vols. 3 & 4 The Sea: It's Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril & Heroism Vols. 3 & 4 1880
Golden Age of Piracy - The Tryals of Captain John Rackam and other Pirates The Tryals of Captain John Rackam and other Pirates 1721
Golden Age of Piracy - The Tryals of Major Stede Bonnet The Tryals of Major Stede Bonnet 1719
Golden Age of Piracy - The Voyages and Adventures of Capt. Barth. Sharp and Others The Voyages and Adventures of Capt. Barth. Sharp and Others 1684

Images

Image Name
Map of the Republic of Panama and of the Canal
An
Front Cover
Tree-dwelling Indians in the lowlands of Panama
Bronze statue of Columbus on Cristobal Point
Pourtour de la mer noire
37) Malapi
The town and bay of Tobermory, Island of Mull
34) Saltset Island, Bombay Island, Coronia
Back Cover
John Gardiner's sworn statement of the goods and treasure left with him by Kidd
Sir George Rooke, commanding the British fleet at the battle of Vigo Bay
17) A Description of Asabb Bay, the Red Sea
33) Isle Coronia, India
The death of Black Beard
Afrique meridionale
16) Moha, Arabian Felix, the Red Sea
Table of Contents N-P
60) Bancosey, Siam, Cambodia, Siompa
The French pass or safe conduct paper found by Kidd in the ship Quedah Merchant
Terre australe III
The oldest existing print of Boston harbor as it appeared in the time of Sir William Phips, showing the kind of ships in which he sailed to find his treasure
Terre du Perou III
Defaite de Databalipa
10) Mohilla, Mayolla, Joanna
26) Malabar
Gibbs and Wansley burying the treasure
8) Mosambuique, S. Lorinso [II]
75) Java, Sumatra
Framework of an
Partie des canibales
Group of Indians
68) Formosa [II]
Deuxieme Projection
Terre australe VI
Stone cannon balls and breech-block of a breech-loading gun fished up from the wreck of the Florencia galleon
89) Celebes Island
Europe septentrionale et Groenland II
Interior of ruined Church, Old Panama
86) Borneo, Celebes
Afrique occidentale II
The fire-ship sailing before the rest fell presently upon the great ship.
32) Bombay
Title Page
Interview between Lafitte, General Andrew Jackson, and Governor Claiborne
92) Borneo, Paragoa, Isle of Mindoro
Morgan re-entered the city with his troops
15) Moha, the Red Sea
Defeat of the Spanish Armada
Sea-wall of Panama at low tide
Lima Cathedral
Statement of Edward Davis, who sailed home with Kidd, concerning the landing of the treasure and goods
Galley Slaves
The Idle Apprentice goes to sea
Terre australe VIII
6) S. Lorinso [I]
A Daring Attack
Front Cover
45) Bisnagar [I]
23) Persia, Guzarat
Table of Contents M
Europe meridionale et orientale
Spine
Table of Contents D-F
Scabbards, flasks, cannon balls, and small objects recovered from the sunken Armada galleon
Columbus encounters great storms off Veragua
Terre du Perou II
Duart Castle, chief stronghold of the MacLeans
80) Sumatra, Banca [I]
Chagres River near Gorgona
Back Cover
Lolonois with those that remained had much ado to escape aboard their boats
2) Cape Bona Esperanca
Thetis Cove during the storm which wrecked the salvage equipment
Day-ak, a San Bias chief, from Rio Diablo
25) Busseen, Vingerle, Malabar, Rojapore
Permit issued by Sir William Phips as royal governor in which he uses the title
Sir William Phips, first royal governor of Massachusetts
84) Sumatra, Java
Title Page
Thetis Cove in calm weather, showing salvage operations
Gatun on the Chagres, in 1907
9) S. Lorinso [II]
Book Display
Afrique du Nord-ouest
21) Persia, Arabia, Felix [III]
38) Callicut
36) Carwar
Neuve Espagne III
Pourtour de la mer noire
Europe meridionale et Afrique du nord-ouest I
Terre de Floride - Partie de la mer oceanne
Title Page & Introduction
Amerique - Terre du Bresil
Sixieme Projection
Battle of Old Panama

Maps

Map Name
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bengall Bay, Aracam (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Royaume de Ginganton (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Celebes, Java (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Straghts of Sunda, Java (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Islands [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Siompa, Borneo (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique occidentale [I] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Atlantique sud (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Pourtour de la mer noire [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bombahem Island, Island of Saltset, Coronia (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Premiere Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Isle Coronia, India (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer rouge et golfe persique (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bengall, Bay of Bengall (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [III] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cape Bona Esperanca (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe septentrionale et Groenland [I] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [IX] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Martaban (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sunda Straghts, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - S. Lorinso [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre de Floride - Partie de la mer oceanne (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Saltset Island, Bombay Island, Coronia (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Persia, Arabia, Felix [III] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Grande et Petite Jave [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Java (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Persia, Arabia, Felix [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [V] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - China, Siompa (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabian Shore (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Floride, Terre-Neuve et Labrador (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Surrat City, Cambaya, Guzarat (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Busseen, Vingerle, Malabar, Rojapore (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Callicut (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cuchin (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [III] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe occidentale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Formosa [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Monomotapa [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Xantung, Nanquin (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bisnagar [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - The Riseing of the Land as it Appeareth to the Eye (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malapi (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Magadoxa, Melinde, Mombaza, Quiloa (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bisnagar [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [IV] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabia Felix, Aden, Doara (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe centrale et meridionale (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Cinquieme Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malaya (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Persia, Arabia, Felix [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Borneo, Paragoa, Isle of Mindoro (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - India (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - A Description of Asabb Bay, the Red Sea (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe septentrionale et Groenland [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Sixieme Projection (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe meridionale et Afrique du nord-ouest [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Comarin (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Rojapore (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Magadoxa (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre du Perou [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Celebes Island (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java, Sumatra (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Malaya (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabia, Felix (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Part of the Coast of Malabar, Ceiloan (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Quinam, Aynam (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Borneo, Celebes (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Moha, Arabian Felix, the Red Sea (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Banca [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Ocean indien et mer rouge (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Orixa [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Formosa [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malabar (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Mosambuique, S. Lorinso [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Banca [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Mosambique, Soffala (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bancosey, Siam, Cambodia, Siompa (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Inde orientale (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Troisieme Projection (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [I] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Grande et Petite Jave [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Quatrieme Projection (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VII] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - S. Lorinso [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Mohilla, Mayolla, Joanna (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Borneo (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cong in Persia described, Bussora described (Euphrates River) (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Luconia (1690)

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