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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
Sloth
Method of transporting horses
63) Tonquin, Qunacy, Aynam
Culebra Cut, in 1910
78) Sumatra, Sunda Straghts, Java
Cruces, formerly called Yenta de Cruces
Morgan commanded the religious men and women to place the ladders against the walls
Europe occidentale
Front Cover
Captain Kidd burying his Bible
Title Page
Triangular monument and Washington House, Colon
Sir George Rooke, commanding the British fleet at the battle of Vigo Bay
16) Moha, Arabian Felix, the Red Sea
Pizarro, Almagro, and Luque
48) Part of the Coast of Malabar, Ceiloan
Methods of manipulating the diving rod to find buried treasure [II]
The official inventory of the Kidd treasure found on Gardiner's Island
Group of Indians
Terre australe VI
68) Formosa [II]
Gatun on the Chagres, in 1907
Ancient stone bridge at Old Panama
Street in village of Taboga
Christian Cruse, the hermit treasure-seeker of Cocos Island
4) Lagao
Mediterranee orientale et Moyen-Orient
Tree-dwelling Indians in the lowlands of Panama
Afrique occidentale I
Pierre le Grand commanding the Spanish captain to surrender the ship
Grande et Petite Jave I
Governor Bellomont's endorsement of the official inventory of Kidd's treasure found on Gardiner's Island
Grande et Petite Jave II
9) S. Lorinso [II]
14) Arabian Shore
35) Rojapore
The Bombardment of Algiers
Premiere Projection
Divers searching wreck of Treasure-ship Dorothea, Cape Vidal, Africa
Map of Hispaniola (Hayti and San Domingo) engraved in 1723, showing the buccaneers at their trade of hunting wild cattle
Terre australe V
83) Java [II]
Stone cannon balls and breech-block of a breech-loading gun fished up from the wreck of the Florencia galleon
Floride, Terre-Neuve et Labrador
Royaume de Ginganton
Diving to find the treasure galleon in Tobermory Bay
Europe meridionale et Afrique du nord-ouest II
Bellin's map of the Isthmus, 1754
Terre australe
59) Malaya
86) Borneo, Celebes
26) Malabar
17) A Description of Asabb Bay, the Red Sea
The death of Black Beard
Gallantry Against Odds
Lacenta, chief of the Dariens, and retinue
Portuges made the best of his way to Del Golpho Triste
88) Celebes, Ende, Tiimor
Table of Contents M
Golden figures from the guacas of Chiriqui
Back Cover
Terre du Perou II
The Pirates' Stairs leading to the site of Execution Dock at Wapping where Kidd was hanged
66) China
Interior of ruined Church, Old Panama
Scabbards, flasks, cannon balls, and small objects recovered from the sunken Armada galleon
Morgan dividing the treasure taken at Maracaibo
Table of Contents A-B
Table of Contents N-P
33) Isle Coronia, India
55) Pegu
Galley Slaves
32) Bombay
80) Sumatra, Banca [I]
11) Magadoxa, Melinde, Mombaza, Quiloa
Vasco Nunez de Balboa takes possession of the South Sea
67) Formosa [I]
Surveying for the Panama Railroad
45) Bisnagar [I]
Table of Contents V-Z
Bronze statue of Columbus on Cristobal Point
65) Luconia
The Portuguese captain cutting away the bag of moidores
Sir Henry Morgan
Map of Central America and the West Indies
Table of Contents I-L
34) Saltset Island, Bombay Island, Coronia
Afrique occidentale II
Neuve Espagne II
Back Cover
They boarded the ship with great agility
Railroad bridge over the Chagres at Barbacoas
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
22) Cong in Persia described, Bussora described (Euphrates River)
50) Coramandel [III]
60) Bancosey, Siam, Cambodia, Siompa

Maps

Map Name
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Partie des canibales (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 - Cong in Persia described, Bussora described (Euphrates River) (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Saltset Island, Bombay Island, Coronia (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [III] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Martaban (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Celebes, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe occidentale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Mosambuique, S. Lorinso [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bancosey, Siam, Cambodia, Siompa (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 - A Description of Asabb Bay, the Red Sea (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Cinquieme Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Mosambique, Soffala (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 - Malapi (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bombay (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Grande et Petite Jave [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Paragoa, Mindoro Island, Luconia (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [X] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Pegu (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Grande et Petite Jave [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan, Coramandel (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VIII] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bisnagar [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabia, Felix (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Comarin (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Borneo (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 - Sumatra, Sunda Straghts, Java (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 - Celebes, Ende, Tiimor (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer de l'Inde orientale [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer de l'Inde orientale [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bisnagar [I] (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 [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Isle Coronia, India (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Sixieme Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Siompa, Borneo (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe septentrionale et Groenland [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malaya (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Borneo, Paragoa, Isle of Mindoro (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique occidentale [II] (1555)
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 - Rojapore (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre du Perou [III] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Borneo, Celebes (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique occidentale [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre du Perou [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan [III] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Java (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 - Ceiloan [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cantan, Formosa, Luconia (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Surrat City, Cambaya, Guzarat (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Floride, Terre-Neuve et Labrador (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Orixa [I] (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 - Moha, Arabian Felix, the Red Sea (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Luconia (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer rouge et golfe persique (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Mohilla, Mayolla, Joanna (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Defaite de Databalipa (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Floride, Canada et Labrador (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Malaya (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - China, Siompa (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [I] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Deuxieme Projection (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 - Formosa [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [V] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Persia, Arabia, Felix [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - India (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [IV] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Monomotapa [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 - Chekiang, China, Formosa (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabian Shore (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Royaume de Ginganton (1555)
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 of Bengall (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Formosa [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Orixa [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sunda Straghts, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Pourtour de la mer noire [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malabar (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Callicut (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VII] (1555)

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