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July 4, 1999

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    A pirate is a robber who attack ships. Although piracy has occurred
    since ancient times, the golden era of piracy was the sixteenth through
    eighteenth centuries on the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas. When the
    early American colonists established successful trade routes to Europe,
    many pirates turned their attention to the Atlantic. Pirates have been
    the subject of much literature, and thousands of Web sites are devoted to
    their study. Welcome aboard swabbie!

    Online: Pirate Ghosts


    Discover with Discovery Online why "some of the
    most feared pirates of all time are coming back to life. Blackbeard is
    back, and Black Sam Bellamy, who raided ships throughout the Caribbean, is
    probably more famous now than he was in his heyday. Both have been revived
    through sunken ships." Two real pirate ships have been found along
    the eastern shoreline. Bellamy’s ship, the Whydah, was discovered off
    Cape Cod in 1984 and Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge was found in 1997 in
    just twenty feet of water off the coast of North Carolina. Now that’s a
    buried treasure!

    National Geographic Pirates!


    "Ahoy! Have ye heard the secret of this ramshackle inn where ye’r
    lodgin’? They say it’s full of booty but nobody’s been able to find
    it." Join this interactive adventure, and while looking for the loot,
    you’ll unearth tales of real pirates woven into the story line. When your
    adventure is finished, click on Books for Buccaneers (from the main menu)
    for elementary and young adult reading lists.



    This pirate potpourri, from the second and fifth grade students of
    Rochedale State School in Queensland Australia, includes reports on famous
    pirates such as Bartholomew Roberts and Anne Bonny, pirate limericks,
    pirate stories, pirate book reports, and pirate treasure maps. Do not miss
    the fun Pirate Treasure Hunt, complete with a certificate to print when you
    find the booty.

    Pirates, Privateers,


    Although the word "pirate" is the one most commonly used today,
    in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, many additional and more
    specific terms were used. For example, a privateer also plundered ships,
    but carried with him a letter of marque signed by a king or other head of
    state, granting him the right to attack enemy ships. And a buccaneer was a
    non-Spanish European sailor who settled in the West Indies and raided
    Spanish ships. For an interesting view into the pirate’s life, read the
    Pirate Rules of Conduct — which include formalized workers’ compensation
    (see rule VIII.)



    This student-created site is cleverly divided into Fact
    (where you’ll find history, a time line, vocabulary and even a section on
    modern software piracy) and Legend (with lists of books, movies and pirate
    poetry.) Layout and navigation are awkward at times — with a generic
    welcome message repeated at the top of every page. If you find yourself
    staring at a page without content, be sure to check the green sidebar menu
    — you probably need to dig further down the menu tree to find what
    you’re looking for. For fun, visit Test Your Knowledge for word searches
    and pirate quizzes.

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