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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
Mouth of the Chagres River and Castle of San Lorenzo
55) Pegu
68) Formosa [II]
30) Bombahem Island, Island of Saltset, Coronia
61) Cambodia, China, Siompa
Ruined Church of Santo Domingo, Panama
Columbus encounters great storms off Veragua
Terre-Neuve, Europe et Barbarie
Mer de l'Inde orientale I
Table of Contents A-B
Captain Morgan recruiting his forces
Atlantique sud
Basalt tool
The Royal Sovereign, one of Admiral Sir George Rooke's line-of-battle ships, engaged at Vigo Bay
26) Malabar
41) Ceiloan [I]
40) Comarin
The fire-ship sailing before the rest fell presently upon the great ship.
Caledonia Bay and New Edinburgh
Back Cover
Terre australe IX
18) Arabia, Felix
Defaite de Databalipa
Quatrieme Projection
Afrique meridionale
Group of Indians
Book Display
Terre australe II
Permit issued by Sir William Phips as royal governor in which he uses the title
Attacking a Pirate Stronghold
22) Cong in Persia described, Bussora described (Euphrates River)
29) India
Sir Henry Morgan
84) Sumatra, Java
Europe centrale et meridionale
Terre australe I
60) Bancosey, Siam, Cambodia, Siompa
The death of Black Beard
Ruins of the Castle of San Lorenzo
Morgan dividing the treasure taken at Maracaibo
Mer rouge et golfe persique
24) Guzarat, India [I]
Title Page
39) Cuchin
Terre du Perou I
Methods of manipulating the diving rod to find buried treasure [I]
45) Bisnagar [I]
Cannon of the treasure galleons recovered by Pino from the bottom of Vigo Bay
Table of Contents V-Z
Title Page
Front Cover
78) Sumatra, Sunda Straghts, Java
They boarded the ship with great agility
Table of Contents B-C
Street in village of Taboga
Floride, Terre-Neuve et Labrador
37) Malapi
Terre australe VI
65) Luconia
Grande et Petite Jave I
16) Moha, Arabian Felix, the Red Sea
Cathedral of Panama
Floride, Canada et Labrador
Methods of manipulating the diving rod to find buried treasure [II]
H.M.S. Lutine leaving Yarmouth Roads, Oct. 9, 1799, on her last voyage
Governor Bellomont's endorsement of the official inventory of Kidd's treasure found on Gardiner's Island
Europe septentrionale et Groenland I
69) Chekiang, China, Formosa
Neuve Espagne I
10) Mohilla, Mayolla, Joanna
Spine
47) Ceiloan [III]
Being come to the place of duel, the Englishman stabbed the Frenchman in the back
94) China, Siompa
25) Busseen, Vingerle, Malabar, Rojapore
Table of Contents M
Deuxieme Projection
92) Borneo, Paragoa, Isle of Mindoro
The Idle Apprentice goes to sea
Christian Cruse, the hermit treasure-seeker of Cocos Island
36) Carwar
Terre de Floride - Partie de la mer oceanne
Spine
Table of Contents T
64) Cantan, Formosa, Luconia
Method of transporting horses
Grande et Petite Jave II
Isthmian jungle
Lacenta, chief of the Dariens, and retinue
The Pirates' Stairs leading to the site of Execution Dock at Wapping where Kidd was hanged
The Portuguese captain cutting away the bag of moidores
Chagres River near Gorgona
13) Arabia Felix, Aden, Doara
Table of Contents N-P
50) Coramandel [III]
Statement of Edward Davis, who sailed home with Kidd, concerning the landing of the treasure and goods

Maps

Map Name
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 - Mosambique, Soffala (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cuchin (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 - Tonquin, Qunacy, Aynam (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bombay (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer rouge et golfe persique (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Moha, the Red Sea (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe occidentale (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Troisieme Projection (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 - Siompa, Borneo (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe centrale et meridionale (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 - Orixa [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique du Nord-ouest (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Pegu (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [V] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malabar (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java, Sumatra (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Inde orientale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabia, Felix (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Guzarat, India [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Deuxieme Projection (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Cantan, Formosa, Luconia (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - China, Siompa (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Persia, Guzarat (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Lagao (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Floride, Terre-Neuve et Labrador (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre-Neuve, Europe et Barbarie (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Formosa [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Java [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Borneo, Celebes (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Cinquieme Projection (1555)
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 australe [IX] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [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 - Islands [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Monomotapa [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [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 - Sumatra, Straghts of Sunda, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [I] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Grande et Petite Jave [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Celebes, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Monomotapa [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe septentrionale et Groenland [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malapi (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VI] (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 - Callicut (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 - Sumatra, Sunda Straghts (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabia Felix, Aden, Doara (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [IV] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Malaya, Sumatra (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - The Riseing of the Land as it Appeareth to the Eye (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer de l'Inde orientale [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre du Perou [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Saltset Island, Bombay Island, Coronia (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Quatrieme Projection (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 - Arabian Shore (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Islands [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [III] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe meridionale et Afrique du nord-ouest [I] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Premiere Projection (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Floride, Canada et Labrador (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Formosa [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - China (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bisnagar [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Xantung, Nanquin (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Pourtour de la mer noire [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Martaban (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Royaume de Ginganton (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Atlantique sud (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VII] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Defaite de Databalipa (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 - Borneo (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 - Ceiloan [III] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Pourtour de la mer noire [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Banca [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Guzarat, India [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mediterranee orientale et Moyen-Orient (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique occidentale [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Grande et Petite Jave [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Isle Coronia, India (1690)

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