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WEBSITES

Official site of Queen Anne's Revenge: http://www.qaronline.org/

Expedition Whydah for pirate treasures and mysteries: www.whydah.com

Pirates on National Geographic: www.nationalgeographic.com/pirates

Captain Pat Croce: www.patcroce.com

PUBLICATIONS

Cordingly, D. (Ed.) (1996). Pirates: Terror on the High Seas - From the Caribbean to South China Sea. New York: Turner Publications.

Cordingly, D. (1997). Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates. Boston: Mariner Books.

Davis, K. (2003). See-Through Pirates. Philadelphia: Running Press Kids.

Earle, P. (2006). The Pirate Wars. New York: St. Martin's Griffin.

Johnson, C. (1724). A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates.

Konstam, A. (2007). Pirates - Predators of the Seas: An Illustrated History. New York: Skyhorse Publishing.

Little, B. (2005). The Sea Rover's Practice: Pirate Tactics and Techniques, 1630-1730. Dulles: Potomac Books.

Marx, J. (1992). Pirate and Privateers of the Caribbean. Malabar: Krieger Publishing.

Pennell, C.R. (Ed.) (2001). Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader. New York: NYU Press.

Platt, R. (2007). Pirates. New York: DK Eyewitness Books.

Rediker, M. (1993). Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sherry, F. (1986). Raiders and Rebels: The Golden Age of Piracy. New York: William Morrow and Co.

Skowronek, R. (Ed.) (2006). X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology). Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Talty, S. (2007). Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign. New York: Crown Publishing.


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  • The Jolly Roger was a black flag flown to identify the vessel as a pirate ship. While the skull and crossbones is the most common of these flags, many great pirate captains designed custom symbols to identify exactly who is attacking.

  • "Shiver me timbers" is an expression of excitement or awe. Its origin has to do with sailing in heavy seas, when the ship is lifted up and pounded down so hard that the timbers are said to shiver.

  • Although pirates have been around since the Romans and Vikings, most pirating happened during the Golden Age of Piracy between 1680 and 1730.

  • Pirates believed that whistling on a ship would cause the weather to turn stormy. Consider the phrase 'to whistle up a storm.'

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