Pirates have become very popular over the years but the Husband has always been fan. There are tons of sites devoted to, not only the history of piracy but also to those who love the lore and re-enact daring times on the wide seas.
A good place to start learning more about pirates are the non-fiction books and web sites about nautical history and famous captians in history.
- A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates by Captain Charles Johnson, David Cordingly
- A Pirate of Exquisite Mind : The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer by Diana Preston, Michael Preston
- The History of Pirates by Angus Konstam and David Cordingly
- The Pirate Coast by Richard Zacks
- The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks
- The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O’Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea by Barbara Sjoholm
- The Pirate Wars by Peter Earle
- The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf by William C. Davis
- Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life among the Pirates by David Cordingly
- About Captain Kidd ··· http://www.maritimehistory.info/pirates/Captain-Kidd.html
- Captain Kidd’s buried treasure in the Connecticut river ··· http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/conn.river/kidd.html
- About Blackbeard ··· http://historicbeaufort.com/blackbeard1.htm
- More About Blackbeard ··· http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/maritime/Blackbeard/default.htm
- About Jean Lafitte ··· http://www.crimelibrary.com/gangsters_outlaws/cops_others/lafitte/1.html
- Pirate Fact and Legend ··· http://www.piratesinfo.com/
Once you’ve read up on your history, you might want to go to some really neat places that feature pirates or participate in a pirate-themed event. Our favorite pirate place, so far, has been the Pirate Museum in Salem, Massachusettes. But there are many more places as well.
- September 19 – International Talk Like a Pirate Day ··· http://www.talklikeapirate.com/about.html
- The New England Pirate Museum ··· http://www.piratemuseum.com/pirate.htm
- Pirate Cruises in Clearwater, FL ··· http://www.captmemo.com/
- Pirate Dinner Theater in FL ··· http://www.piratesdinneradventure.com/
- The Pirate Museum in Key West, FL ··· http://www.piratesoul.com/
- The Buccaneer’s Ball in Salem, MA ··· http://www.sorceryofthesun.com/buccaneersball.html
- The Gasparilla Annual Pirate Festival in Tampa, FL ··· http://www.gasparillapiratefest.com/
- The Central Florida Pirate Festival ··· http://www.piratefair.com/
- The Salem, MA, Pirate Faire ··· http://www.salempiratefaire.com/pirate.html
If you really do love pirates you will probably come to a point when you realize you want to be a little more actively engaged in your hobby. Rest easy, you are not alone. Pirate re-enactment is great fun. Many of the events listed above encourage costumed participation. The sites below should provide a little help as you bring your love of pirates to life. If you’re ready to commit, I suggest reproduction garments rather than Halloween costumes. The effect is much more elegant.
- Pirate History, Language, How-to, Games and More ··· http://www.thepiratesrealm.com/
- Pirate Vocabulary ··· http://www.io.com/~sj/PirateTalk.html
- More Pirate Vocabulary ··· http://www.fortunecity.com/rivendell/gallows/954/fsuns/pirspeak.htm
- Dress Like a Pirate ··· http://www.dresslikeapirate.com/scart/index.php
- Dead Men Tell No Tales (clothing) ··· http://www.deadmentellnotales.com/
- Pirate Clothing ··· http://www.piratemod.com/PirateModMain.htm
Finally, sometimes you want to bring a little pirate into your everyday life. There are all sort of things you can do without having to dress like Davy Jones everyday.
- Read fabulous pirate fiction like Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe or Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson or visit No Quarter Given, a monthly newsletter (http://www.noquartergiven.net/).
- Play The Dread Pirate board game. ··· http://www.frontporchclassics.com/_adventure/dreadbook.php
- Make pirate crafts with the kids. ··· http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/pirates/pirates.html
- Put up a pirate picture in your house or office. ··· http://www.piratehaven.org/~beej/pirates/#docs
- Find out your pirate name. ··· http://www.fidius.org/quiz/pirate/
- Make a pirate ship shaped cake. ··· http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/special/cake/cake_pirateship/
- Watch a movie like Goonies, Treasure Island, or Pirates of the Caribbean.