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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 OceanNarrower 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
Golden figures from the guacas of Chiriqui
21) Persia, Arabia, Felix [III]
Mer de l'Inde orientale II
Europe occidentale
Title Page
Front Cover
34) Saltset Island, Bombay Island, Coronia
4) Lagao
22) Cong in Persia described, Bussora described (Euphrates River)
Restored Toscanelli chart of 1474
47) Ceiloan [III]
92) Borneo, Paragoa, Isle of Mindoro
A Fierce Duel
Sir Francis Drake
Europe centrale et meridionale
An ancient map of Jamaica showing the haunts of the pirates and the track of the treasure galleons
Thetis Cove during the storm which wrecked the salvage equipment
52) Orixa [II]
79) Sumatra, Straghts of Sunda, Java
H.M.S. Lutine leaving Yarmouth Roads, Oct. 9, 1799, on her last voyage
Back Cover
Basalt tool
13) Arabia Felix, Aden, Doara
28) The Riseing of the Land as it Appeareth to the Eye
Premiere Projection
Caledonia Bay and New Edinburgh
Defeat of the Spanish Armada
Terre australe VIII
38) Callicut
Governor Bellomont's endorsement of the official inventory of Kidd's treasure found on Gardiner's Island
49) Ceiloan, Coramandel
Map of the Republic of Panama and of the Canal
Captain Morgan recruiting his forces
Inde orientale
Terre australe IX
17) A Description of Asabb Bay, the Red Sea
Hydroscope invented by Pino for exploring the sea bottom and successfully used in finding the galleons of Vigo Bay
42) Ceiloan [II]
Interview between Lafitte, General Andrew Jackson, and Governor Claiborne
Afrique orientale II
33) Isle Coronia, India
Portuges made the best of his way to Del Golpho Triste
Piedra Pintada
Terre australe III
Mer rouge et golfe persique
Afrique occidentale I
Quatrieme Projection
Carousing at Old Calabar River
Terre australe VII
Lima Cathedral
Cannon of the treasure galleons recovered by Pino from the bottom of Vigo Bay
80) Sumatra, Banca [I]
65) Luconia
Europe meridionale et orientale
1) Monomotapa [I]
Terre australe IV
63) Tonquin, Qunacy, Aynam
Kidd hanging in chains
24) Guzarat, India [I]
Culebra Cut, in 1910
Statement of Edward Davis, who sailed home with Kidd, concerning the landing of the treasure and goods
83) Java [II]
Terre australe II
The Idle Apprentice goes to sea
36) Carwar
Panciaco tells Balboa of the South Sea
Terre du Perou II
The fire-ship sailing before the rest fell presently upon the great ship.
Grande et Petite Jave II
Gallantry Against Odds
53) Bengall, Bay of Bengall
67) Formosa [I]
Title Page
Ascending the Chagres River
Interior of ruined Church, Old Panama
57) Malaya, Sumatra
Neuve Espagne III
14) Arabian Shore
Rose des vents
Front Cover
59) Malaya
Table of Contents G-H
Vasco Nunez de Balboa takes possession of the South Sea
69) Chekiang, China, Formosa
48) Part of the Coast of Malabar, Ceiloan
Morgan re-entered the city with his troops
Table of Contents N-P
29) India
Surveying for the Panama Railroad
Atlantique sud
Europe meridionale et Afrique du nord-ouest I
Scabbards, flasks, cannon balls, and small objects recovered from the sunken Armada galleon
43) Coramandel [I]
The Man-of-War gave them chase
The Bombardment of Algiers
74) Sumatra

Maps

Map Name
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VII] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malaya, Sumatra (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bengall Bay, Aracam (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe meridionale et orientale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Xantung, Nanquin (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [I] (1555)
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 - Ceiloan [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [II] (1555)
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, Straghts of Sunda, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe septentrionale et Groenland [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java, Sumatra (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabia Felix, Aden, Doara (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cambodia, China, Siompa (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Orixa [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [X] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Pegu (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 - Mosambuique, S. Lorinso [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Sixieme Projection (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre-Neuve, Europe et Barbarie (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe septentrionale et Groenland [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Troisieme Projection (1555)
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 - Carwar (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre du Perou [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan [II] (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 - Sunda Straghts, Java (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [III] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe meridionale et Afrique du nord-ouest [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Borneo, Celebes (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique meridionale (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe centrale et meridionale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - S. Lorinso [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Premiere Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - S. Lorinso [I] (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 - Tonquin, Qunacy, Aynam (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Paragoa, Mindoro Island, Luconia (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Isle Coronia, India (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Deuxieme Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Magadoxa (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Moha, the Red Sea (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Atlantique sud (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Sunda Straghts, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [V] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Banca [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - China (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - A Description of Asabb Bay, the Red Sea (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Formosa [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Floride, Terre-Neuve et Labrador (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Ocean indien et mer rouge (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 - Celebes, Java (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malaya (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique du Nord-ouest (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [III] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Part of the Coast of Malabar, Ceiloan (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Royaume de Ginganton (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VIII] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Quatrieme Projection (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - China, Siompa (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Martaban (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Luconia (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Pourtour de la mer noire [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabian Shore (1690)
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 - Sumatra, Banca [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Inde orientale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Islands [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 - Chekiang, China, Formosa (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre de Floride - Partie de la mer oceanne (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique occidentale [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Islands [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malabar (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Guzarat, India [I] (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 - Arabia, Felix (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Persia, Guzarat (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer de l'Inde orientale et des Moluques (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Partie des canibales (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Banca, Borneo, Succadana (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Floride, Canada 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 - Guzarat, India [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bombay (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cantan, Formosa, Luconia (1690)

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