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American Colonial Pirates Unit Study

Pirates of Colonial Times

If you want to hear stories of pirates, galleons, lost treasures, horrendous deeds, and gallant heroes, this is a place to find them.

Beej’s Pirate Image Archive
If you need illustrations of pirates, galleons, horrendous deeds, and gallant heroes, this is a place to get them.

Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea
Blackbeard and his crew of pirates terrorized sailors on the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea from 1716 through 1718. They ambushed ships carrying passengers and cargo in the dim light of dawn and dusk when the pirates’ ship was hard to see.

Blackbeard’s Booty: Pirate Ship Yields Medical Supplies
Archaeologists have recovered many artifacts, including a number of medical instruments. These artifacts, combined with historical records, paint a picture of a pirate captain who tried to keep his crew in fighting shape.

Captain Hook
Captain James Hook is the main antagonist of the Peter Pan Disney franchise. The captain of a crew of pirates, Captain Hook has long since abandoned sailing the high seas in favor of having revenge on Peter Pan for ruining his life (Peter having cut off Hook’s left hand and fed it to the Crocodile, considering it, by Mr. Smee, a “childish prank”). Free Kindle edition of Peter Pan.

Captain William Kidd
This site aims to tell the fantastic story surrounding the life and times of the infamous Captain Kidd.

Dozen Doubloons

Dozen Doubloons
A Pirate’s Card Game

All New Card Game for One, Two, Three, or Four Players
from World Village Games, LLC• Card Game Rules for 1 to 4 players. Minutes to learn – Hours of fast-action fun!
• Exciting play for family game night, group game night, parties, gifts, and solitaire.
• Kids won’t know they’re learning vital basic math skills because they’re having too much fun.
• Perfect mix of skill and luck.
• Game includes: Faux leather bag with jeweled drawstring, 45 plastic doubloons, 55 game cards, rule sheet. Learn how to play on our website.
Canadian editions

Loaded Guns, Barrels of Rum, and a Silk Ribbon
Move over, Johnny Depp. It’s time for evidence of real pirates to be unearthed. by Sarah Pickman

MIT has Secret Pirate Program
Students who take and pass courses in “pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing” are deemed pirates. And while this was done by students just for kicks, MIT has decided not to ignore the swashbuckling that’s been going on and will now issue these students actual, physical pirate certificates.

The Not-So-Jolly Roger – Time Warp Trio
Joe’s Uncle gives him a mysterious book for his birthday (THE Book!), and when Fred wishes for buried treasure, the boys find themselves on the wrong end of the gun barrel of Edward Teach – more familiarly known as the vicious, infamous pirate Blackbeard.


InCharacter Costumes, LLC Boys 2-7 Pirate Scoundrel Vest Set


Pirate Costumes
by InCharacter Costumes

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Piracy Definitions
The definitions on this page, reflect the changes in meanings attributed to the words that are related to piracy (as well as the word piracy itself) from the middle ages up till now.

Pirate Money
Pieces of Eight and Doubloons: Reales and Escudos. During the Golden Age of Piracy, Spain minted coins in silver and gold. The silver coins were known as Reales (Reals) and the gold coins, Escudos (Escudo). The famous “Piece of Eight” was an 8 reale silver coin that had a distinctive “8” stamped into it.

Pirate Museums
Plan a summer road trip to a museum that offers pirate history, artifacts, and memorabilia. Many provide educational materials for teachers and students, as well as guided tours.

Pirates by Rebecca Rupp
Few of us want our babies to grow up to be pirates. When it comes to social responsibility, compassion, and moral rectitude, practically anybody is a better role model. Pirates fight with cutlasses, use objectionable language, consume unhealthy foods and beverages, and steal stuff. They are totally reprehensible. No wonder kids love them.

Pirates; Fact and Legend
Site is packed with biographies of famous pirates, even has a message board for your questions. Sells pirate flags.

Pirates and Privateers
Within the pages of Pirates & Privateers, you’ll find articles on all aspects of maritime piracy from ancient times to modern day. One page has reviews of pirate books for young readers.

Post Like a Pirate
A pirate translator. Enter a phrase in plain English, and the translator will make it sound more “piraty.”

Queen Anne’s Revenge
Go along on an archeology expedition to explore and preserve Blackbeard’s flagship, sunken off the North Carolina shore.

Sir Henry Morgan
Another English “sea raider” commissioned by the English to prey upon the Spanish. Sir Henry Morgan had been a heavy-drinking, fighting man of much charisma and equipped with an indomitable will to succeed.

The Story of Blackbeard
Blackbeard and his fleet blockaded Charleston harbor for nearly a week and stopped all ships coming and going. Blackbeards’ only demand from the Governor was for a chest of medicine.

Talk Like A Pirate Day
Ever since Dave Barry mentioned us in his nationally syndicated newspaper column in 2002, what once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up. Whether you be new to the notion, or one of the millions who’ve made it your own personal excuse to party like pirates every September 19th, welcome! Stick around, check out our social media sites, an’ learn all about September 19 – International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Terrorism In Early America
Common piracy by the Barbary States blossomed into a sophisticated racket in 1662, when England revived the ancient custom of paying tribute.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Free Kindle Edition

Treasure Island
You can search and read each chapter of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s book here. Download the Kindle version of Treasure Island for FREE here.

Treasure Island Homeschool Seminar: Literary Lesson Plans and Nautical Worksheets
Get out your eye patch and saw off your leg — it’s time to launch the Hispaniola and go search for Captain Flint’s lost cache of Spanish gold!


William Bainbridge: America’s Unlucky Sea Captain
Bainbridge was appointed to command the Essex in 1801 as part of a squadron under Commodore Richard Dale, to cruise against the North African Barbary powers. The United States, under Thomas Jefferson, had decided war was better alternative than tribute. In modern times, a Naval vessel was named after him, and involved with rescuing an American ship captain from Somali pirates.

Women Pirates: Anne Bonny & Mary Read
Dressed as a man, Mary was on board a vessel bound for the West Indies when it was overtaken by the pirate, Captain “Calico Jack” Rackham.  She accepted his offer to join the pirates on board his ship, the “Curlew”.

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