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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
Blighted Hopes
Terre de Floride - Partie de la mer oceanne
The Royal Sovereign, one of Admiral Sir George Rooke's line-of-battle ships, engaged at Vigo Bay
Title Page
Title Page & Introduction
Terre australe
Table of Contents N-P
Mer de l'Inde orientale et des Moluques
75) Java, Sumatra
47) Ceiloan [III]
The Idle Apprentice goes to sea
Front Cover
87) Celebes, Java
71) Xantung, Nanquin
Terre australe III
Gibbs and Wansley burying the treasure
Piedra Pintada
Europe septentrionale et Groenland I
Mer des Antilles
Inde orientale
Mer de l'Inde orientale I
79) Sumatra, Straghts of Sunda, Java
Ocean indien et mer rouge
59) Malaya
Street in village of Taboga
Afrique meridionale
Table of Contents D-F
Railroad bridge over the Chagres at Barbacoas
Floride, Canada et Labrador
Battle of Old Panama
Terre australe II
Captain Kidd burying his Bible
Europe centrale et meridionale
36) Carwar
Lacenta, chief of the Dariens, and retinue
Sir Henry Morgan
Europe meridionale et Afrique du nord-ouest II
80) Sumatra, Banca [I]
6) S. Lorinso [I]
9) S. Lorinso [II]
Ancient stone bridge at Old Panama
4) Lagao
Portobelo, in 1910
1) Monomotapa [I]
A memorandum of Captain Kidd's treasure left on Gardiner's Island
Plan of Portobelo, in 1602
60) Bancosey, Siam, Cambodia, Siompa
23) Persia, Guzarat
Galley Slaves
Defeat of the Spanish Armada
Morgan commanded the religious men and women to place the ladders against the walls
41) Ceiloan [I]
Deuxieme Projection
Thetis Cove during the storm which wrecked the salvage equipment
Portuges made the best of his way to Del Golpho Triste
Pizarro, Almagro, and Luque
Cruces, formerly called Yenta de Cruces
15) Moha, the Red Sea
28) The Riseing of the Land as it Appeareth to the Eye
68) Formosa [II]
Title Page
38) Callicut
14) Arabian Shore
Sir Francis Drake
Being come to the place of duel, the Englishman stabbed the Frenchman in the back
Book Display
Permit issued by Sir William Phips as royal governor in which he uses the title
Mer de l'Inde orientale II
3) Monomotapa [II]
Grande et Petite Jave II
Terre australe VIII
48) Part of the Coast of Malabar, Ceiloan
22) Cong in Persia described, Bussora described (Euphrates River)
62) Quinam, Aynam
32) Bombay
51) Bisnagar [II]
Scabbards, flasks, cannon balls, and small objects recovered from the sunken Armada galleon
Bronze statue of Columbus on Cristobal Point
10) Mohilla, Mayolla, Joanna
Europe occidentale
Treasure-seekers digging on Cocos Island
Map of Hispaniola (Hayti and San Domingo) engraved in 1723, showing the buccaneers at their trade of hunting wild cattle
Neuve Espagne II
72) Japan, Cikoko, Tanaxima
31) Surrat City, Cambaya, Guzarat
Terre australe I
Surveying for the Panama Railroad
Terre-Neuve, Europe et Barbarie
56) Martaban
Defaite de Databalipa
70) Islands [I]
Hydroscope invented by Pino for exploring the sea bottom and successfully used in finding the galleons of Vigo Bay
Afrique orientale I
The official inventory of the Kidd treasure found on Gardiner's Island
The salvage steamer Breamer equipped with suction dredge removing a sandbank from the supposed location of the Florencia galleon in 1909
Interior of ruined Church, Old Panama

Maps

Map Name
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Banca [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique meridionale (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VI] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer de l'Inde orientale [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Royaume de Ginganton (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Quatrieme Projection (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VIII] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre du Perou [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Isle Coronia, India (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Celebes, Java (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Orixa [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 - Bombahem Island, Island of Saltset, Coronia (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [III] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - China, Siompa (1690)
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 - Malaya, Sumatra (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Coramandel [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe meridionale et Afrique du nord-ouest [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Martaban (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Sunda Straghts (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 - Malapi (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Monomotapa [II] (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, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Inde orientale (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Guzarat, India [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Surrat City, Cambaya, Guzarat (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique occidentale [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Pegu (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Monomotapa [I] (1690)
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 - Borneo (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre-Neuve, Europe et Barbarie (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 - Formosa [I] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Banca, Borneo, Succadana (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Pourtour de la mer noire [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Troisieme Projection (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [IX] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Mosambique, Soffala (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Defaite de Databalipa (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Part of the Coast of Malabar, Ceiloan (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Atlantique sud (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - The Riseing of the Land as it Appeareth to the Eye (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [III] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Cinquieme Projection (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Straghts of Sunda, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre du Perou [I] (1555)
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 - Celebes Island (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Carwar (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [I] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique orientale [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 - Guzarat, India [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - India (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Banca [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Europe meridionale et orientale (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Floride, Terre-Neuve et Labrador (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Persia, Guzarat (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Tonquin, Qunacy, Aynam (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [VII] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Comarin (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mediterranee orientale et Moyen-Orient (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Sunda Straghts, Java (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [X] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Bisnagar [II] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Luconia (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 - Sumatra (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan [III] (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Sumatra, Malaya (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Terre australe [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer de l'Inde orientale [I] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Ceiloan [I] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Ocean indien et mer rouge (1555)
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 - Lagao (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer rouge et golfe persique (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 - Rojapore (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique du Nord-ouest (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Grande et Petite Jave [II] (1555)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Magadoxa (1690)
A Description of the Sea Coasts in the East Indies - Arabian Shore (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 - Coramandel [II] (1690)
Cosmographie Universelle - Partie des canibales (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Neuve Espagne [II] (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Mer de l'Inde orientale et des Moluques (1555)
Cosmographie Universelle - Afrique occidentale [I] (1555)

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