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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
Troisieme Projection
Diving to find the treasure galleon in Tobermory Bay
90) Islands [II]
Basalt tool
39) Cuchin
16) Moha, Arabian Felix, the Red Sea
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
Sir George Rooke, commanding the British fleet at the battle of Vigo Bay
Morgan re-entered the city with his troops
The salvage steamer Breamer equipped with suction dredge removing a sandbank from the supposed location of the Florencia galleon in 1909
Title Page
Mer de l'Inde orientale II
Lacenta, chief of the Dariens, and retinue
66) China
Divers searching wreck of Treasure-ship Dorothea, Cape Vidal, Africa
Nombre de Dios, in 1909
22) Cong in Persia described, Bussora described (Euphrates River)
83) Java [II]
Sloth
Governor Bellomont's endorsement of the official inventory of Kidd's treasure found on Gardiner's Island
Table of Contents T
Sir William Phips, first royal governor of Massachusetts
Europe meridionale et orientale
Thetis Cove in calm weather, showing salvage operations
A memorandum of Captain Kidd's treasure left on Gardiner's Island
Street in village of Taboga
87) Celebes, Java
Pourtour de la mer noire
Sir Henry Morgan
Being come to the place of duel, the Englishman stabbed the Frenchman in the back
48) Part of the Coast of Malabar, Ceiloan
Triangular monument and Washington House, Colon
Interior of ruined Church, Old Panama
Europe centrale et meridionale
Railroad bridge over the Chagres at Barbacoas
Deuxieme Projection
Table of Contents G-H
42) Ceiloan [II]
Back Cover
35) Rojapore
51) Bisnagar [II]
Terre du Perou III
Europe occidentale
The Idle Apprentice goes to sea
64) Cantan, Formosa, Luconia
Stone cannon balls and breech-block of a breech-loading gun fished up from the wreck of the Florencia galleon
Attacking a Pirate Stronghold
Afrique occidentale I
Table of Contents Q-S
Ancient stone bridge at Old Panama
94) China, Siompa
Method of transporting horses
Portobelo, in 1910
Permit issued by Sir William Phips as royal governor in which he uses the title
Front Cover
Neuve Espagne II
Terre australe IV
Cannon of the treasure galleons recovered by Pino from the bottom of Vigo Bay
Lima Cathedral
33) Isle Coronia, India
Neuve Espagne III
25) Busseen, Vingerle, Malabar, Rojapore
63) Tonquin, Qunacy, Aynam
Partie des canibales
The French pass or safe conduct paper found by Kidd in the ship Quedah Merchant
18) Arabia, Felix
Grande et Petite Jave I
Captain Kidd burying his Bible
Front Cover
Christian Cruse, the hermit treasure-seeker of Cocos Island
Cathedral tower of Old Panama
Title Page
27) Guzarat, India [II]
40) Comarin
Surveying for the Panama Railroad
4) Lagao
Book Display
20) Persia, Arabia, Felix [II]
81) Sumatra, Banca [II]
Scabbards, flasks, cannon balls, and small objects recovered from the sunken Armada galleon
57) Malaya, Sumatra
Terre australe II
49) Ceiloan, Coramandel
Morgan commanded the religious men and women to place the ladders against the walls
The town and bay of Tobermory, Island of Mull
Quatrieme Projection
Neuve Espagne I
58) Borneo
Terre australe VII
Map of Hispaniola (Hayti and San Domingo) engraved in 1723, showing the buccaneers at their trade of hunting wild cattle
Cathedral of Panama
Pierre le Grand commanding the Spanish captain to surrender the ship
Title Page
Floride, Canada et Labrador
79) Sumatra, Straghts of Sunda, Java
Piedra Pintada

Maps

Map Name
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabia Felix, Aden, Doara (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mediterranee orientale et Moyen-Orient (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 - China, Siompa (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Mosambique, Soffala (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Japan, Cikoko, Tanaxima (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Orixa [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [III] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan [III] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabian Shore (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bombahem Island, Island of Saltset, Coronia (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Paragoa, Mindoro Island, Luconia (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer de l'Inde orientale [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malaya, Sumatra (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Celebes, Ende, Tiimor (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Islands [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Atlantique sud (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malabar (1690)
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 - Mohilla, Mayolla, Joanna (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 - Persia, Arabia, Felix [III] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Guzarat, India [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [III] (1555)
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 - Sumatra (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Sixieme Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cong in Persia described, Bussora described (Euphrates River) (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer de l'Inde orientale et des Moluques (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Premiere Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabia, Felix (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [V] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cuchin (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Orixa [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Sunda Straghts, Java (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Part of the Coast of Malabar, Ceiloan (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 - Lagao (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cape Bona Esperanca (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [X] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Grande et Petite Jave [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Monomotapa [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Royaume de Ginganton (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Magadoxa (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Formosa [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Cinquieme Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bombay (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sunda Straghts, Java (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Callicut (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Isle Coronia, India (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java [I] (1690)
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 - Tonquin, Qunacy, Aynam (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Formosa [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe centrale et meridionale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java, Sumatra (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Troisieme Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Monomotapa [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique occidentale [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Moha, the Red Sea (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bisnagar [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Borneo, Celebes (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe septentrionale et Groenland [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - India (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Mosambuique, S. Lorinso [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Partie des canibales (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Pegu (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 - Persia, Guzarat (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bengall Bay, Aracam (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Malaya (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VIII] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [IV] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe meridionale et orientale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Celebes Island (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bisnagar [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Busseen, Vingerle, Malabar, Rojapore (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe meridionale et Afrique du nord-ouest [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique meridionale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Siompa, Borneo (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Quatrieme Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Sunda Straghts (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VI] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique occidentale [I] (1555)
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 - S. Lorinso [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe septentrionale et Groenland [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [II] (1555)
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 - Islands [I] (1690)

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