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Pirates of the Atlantic

Robbery, murder and mayhem off the Canadian East Coast

By Dan Conlin

$19.95 Paperback
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Series: Formac Illustrated History

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Pirates have scoured the Atlantic coast from the 15th century to the present day. Separating the myth from reality, author Dan Conlin explains how piracy came to Atlantic Canada from rival European empires who sought to conquer and settle North America.

Through the "Golden Age" of piracy, bands of raiders included Peter Easton, the "King of Pirates," the notorious Bartholomew Roberts and the vicious Ned Low, who raided the rich fishing grounds and secure harbours of Newfoundland for their ample supplies, manpower and ships. After a period of time in the 17th century when piracy was rare and defences were weakened, pockets of piracy sprung up in China and the Caribbean, as well as from shipboard mutinies. Rich trade routes, poverty, political strife, corrupt governments and weak navies allowed for pirates "to declare war on the world." Their violence blossomed again in the late 20th century, and continues today.

This book is the story of true pirate lives and their echoes in folklore and popular culture. It exposes their surprisingly democratic codes, lavish dress, and extensive collections of weapons which are illustrated by full-colour photographs of rare museum and privately-owned artifacts.

Dan Conlin created a popular exhibit on pirates for the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and he has incorporated much of the research for that exhibit in this book.


Chapter 1: Buccaneers and Privateers
Chapter 2: Bartholomew Roberts and the Golden Age of Piracy
Chapter 3: Loathsome Ned Low
Chapter 4: John Phillips and the End of the Golden Age
Chapter 5: Pirates, Mutineers and Wreckers in the Age of Sail
Chapter 6: Pirate Life
Chapter 7:Pirate Folklore and Myth
Chapter 8: Pirates in Popular Culture
Postscript: Piracy Today
Further Reading
Photo Credits

"Pirates' high production value and its archival reproductions alone are worth the purchase price."

- Maura Hanrahan Atlantic Books Today

"...From the grisly cover ghostly folk tales, the topic never fails to thrill.
Dan Conlin's Pirates of the Atlantic is a brief but lively account of a popular subject."

- Heather Craig Telegraph Journal

DAN CONLIN is Curator of Marine History at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and an authority on Nova Scotia privateering.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 96 pages
Publication Date: 16th October 2009
ISBN: 9780887807411
Format: 9in x 8.25in
Full-colour photography

BISAC Code:, BIO006000, BIO024000, HIS006000, HIS057000
Imprint: Formac


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