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WikiProject Piracy is a WikiProject dedicated to improving and maintaining articles about Pirates and Piracy here on Wikipedia. For more information about WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProject and the Guide to WikiProjects.

Primary goals[edit]

  • To create the foremost reliable and accurate free-content encyclopedia on waterborne piracy in the English language.
  • To improve the quality and general coverage of waterborne piracy by creating, expanding, and maintaining articles that describe all of its aspects.
  • To provide guidelines and recommendations for such articles, and to serve as the central point of discussion for issues related to waterborne piracy in Wikipedia.


This WikiProject was originally proposed by MadMax in March 2006 and active during May-September 2006. It was later merged with the project begun by Piratedan (as requested by Awiseman) in May 2007.


The current scope of WikiProject Piracy is anything relating to piracy at sea or on major waterways.


Piracy related topics can be placed in a range of categories, ranging from specific (individual privateers, buccaneers, corsairs, etc.), to broad (regions and historical periods). The subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical periods:
    • Piracy in the Ancient World (pre–1000)
    • Piracy in the Middle Ages (1000–1500)
    • Piracy on the Barbary Coast (1492–1595)
    • The Spanish Main (1570–1650)
    • The Buccaneering Era (1640–1690)
    • The Golden Age of Piracy (1690–1730)
    • Decline of Piracy (1730–1900)
    • Modern (1900–present)
  • Individual pirates (captains, sailors, victims, etc.)
  • Pirate vessels (boats, ships)
  • Pirate havens (Port Royal, Tortuga, etc.)
  • Pirate culture (organizations, laws, customs, songs, etc.)
  • Piracy in popular culture:
    • Piracy in the Film and TV
    • Piracy in Games
    • Piracy in Literature


Inevitably there will be some overlap between piracy and privateering. We fully expect to cover many privateers in our articles. However, for a given privateer to be included in the project, he should have been at risk for execution or other punishment as a pirate if captured, whether because his targets' government did not recognize his letter of marque, or because he exceeded his commission and crossed the line into piracy.

Thus, for example, Henry Morgan and his crew would be within our purview, because their attack on Panama was not authorized by Morgan's letter of marque. The project probably also covers John Paul Jones, because Britain did not recognize the Continental Congress's right to grant letters of marque, and thus Jones would likely have faced trial and execution as a pirate had the British caught him. On the other hand, any Saint-Malo or Dunkirk corsair whose sole claim to fame is legally plundering Britain’s commerce during the Wars of the Grand Alliance or Spanish Succession would not be considered a pirate here, because Britain did not treat such privateers as pirates.

Intellectual property piracy[edit]

Copyright and trademark piracy is not part of this project. That topic is best covered by WikiProject Law.

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See: List of Participants


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Requested articles[edit]

See: Requested articles

Article assessment and re-assessment[edit]

See: Assessment

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A list of all the WikiProject's templates can be found in Category:WikiProject Piracy templates.

Project banners[edit]

  • {{WikiProject Piracy}} – Our project banner
  • {{piracy}} – A welcome message to invite new users to join WikiProject Piracy


Article pages[edit]





  • Botting, Douglas. The Pirates (The Seafarers; v.1). Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1978. ISBN 0-8094-2652-8.
  • Burnett, John (2002). Dangerous Waters: Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas.
  • Butler, Lindley S. Pirates, Privateers, and Rebel Raiders of the Carolina Coast, Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
  • Cawthorne, Nigel (2004). History of Pirates: Blood and Thunder on the High Seas.
  • Cordingly, David (1997). Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates. Harvest Books.
  • Earle, Peter (2003). The Pirate Wars. Methuen.
  • Ellms, Charles. The Pirates [Originally published as "The Pirates' Own Book"]. New York: Grammercy Books, 1996. ISBN 0-517-18251-3.
  • Exquemelin, Alexander O. The Buccaneers of America. Anapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1993. ISBN 1-55750-077-0. (available in many translations and editions, full text online here.)
  • Jameson, J. Franklin (1923). Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period: Illustrative Documents. MacMillan.
  • Johnson, Captain Charles. A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. New York: The Lyons Press, 1998. ISBN 1-55821-766-5.
  • Konstam, Angus (2006) Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. Wiley.
  • Konstam, Angus (2003). The Pirate Ship: 1660-1730, Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
  • Konstam, Angus (1998). Pirates: 1660-1730. Osprey Publishing Ltd.
  • Konstam, Angus (2001). Privateers & Pirates. Osprey Publishing, Ltd.
  • Konstam, Angus (2000). Buccaneers: 1620-1700. Osprey Publishing, Ltd.
  • Konstam, Angus, and David Cordingly (2006). The History of Pirates. Mercury Books.
  • Lane, Kris E (1998). Pillaging the Empire: Piracy in the Americas 1500-1750. M.E. Sharpe.
  • Langewiesche, William (2004). The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime. North Point Press.
  • Little, Benerson (2005). The Sea Rover's Practice: Pirate Tactics and Techniques, 1630-1730. Potomac Books.
  • Rediker, Marcus (1987). Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750. Cambridge University Press.
  • Rediker, Marcus (2004). Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age. Beacon Press.
  • Ritchie, Robert (1986). Captain Kidd and the War Against the Pirates. Harvard University Press.
  • Rogozinski, Jan. Pirates! An A-Z Encyclopedia. New York: Da Capo Press, 1995. ISBN 0-306-80722-X.
  • Rogozinski, Jan. Pirates!: Brigands, Buccaneers, and Privateers in Fact, Fiction, and Legend. New York: Da Capo Press, 1996. ISBN 0-306-80722-X
  • Rogozinski, Jan (2000). Honor Among Thieves: Captain Kidd, Henry Every, and the Pirate Democracy in the Indian Ocean. Stackpole Books.
  • Sherry, Frank (1986). Raiders and Rebels: The Golden Age of Piracy. Hearst Marine Books.
  • Stephens, John R. (1996). Captured by Pirates: 22 Firsthand Accounts of Murder & Mayhem on the High Seas. Fern Canyon Press.
  • The Tryals of Major Stede Bonnet, and Other Pirates. London, Printed for Benj. Cowse at the Rose and Crown in St Paul's Church-Yard, 1719.
  • Turley, Hans (1999). Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality, and Masculine Identity. New York University Press.
  • Zacks, Richard (2002). The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd. Hyperion.

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