Pirates of the Caribbean: An Anotated Bibliography of Piracy
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This is far from a complete bibliography of Piracy and is not intended to be one. Instead it is a list of books that I have found useful and used to prepare this site. The first part is annotated, that is I have made comments about the books. At the bottom you will find a more inclusive list of books, I found useful while putting this page together.
Works considered Historical in nature are considered fact, but do not be fooled into believing they are 100% true. Most of what is told about pirates has been distorted through the imagination of generations of story tellers, known as Historians (I know, I'm one of them!). On occasion, some historians distort information in order to present a certain view. What we have is a written history of the lore of piracy. While most Historians make every effort to be as accurate as possible, they must rely on primary and secondary sources that are, at times suspect. At this point they may be led to specualte on what is probable and what is just the fancy of an overactive imagination. History, even when it is 400-600 years old continuosly gets revised and reviewed.
Works considered to be fiction were knowingly written as fiction and are sold as fiction. Amazingly enough you may find quite a bit of factual information floating around in these books of fiction. This is because the best fiction is written by people who have good background on the history of the subject and draw from these facts to tell a story. For instance, Robert Louis Stevenson drew heavily on Defoe/Johnson and his own ocean going voyages to add realism to his book.
Pirates of the Caribbean Bibliography
West Indies; a Catalogue of Books, Maps and Engravings, Including Sections on Guiana, Slave Trade and Buccaneers and Pirates. Corp Author(s): Francis Edwards (Firm). London: Francis Edwards ltd., 1929.
The History of the Lives and Bloody Exploits of the most Noted Pirates; their Trials and Executions. Including a Correct Account of the Late Piracies Committed in the West Indies, and the Expedition of Commodore Porter; also those Committed on the Brig Mexican, Who were Tried and Executed at Boston, in 1835 ... Embellished with Engravings from Original Designs. Hartford: S. Andrus & Son, 1855.
The History of the Pirates, Containing the Lives of those Noted Pirate Captains, Misson, Bowen, Kidd, Tew, Halsey, White, Condent, Bellamy, Fly, Howard, Lewis, Cornelius, Williams, Burgess, North, and their several Crews. to which is Added, a Correct Account of the Late Piracies Committed in the West Indies; and the Expedition of Com. Porter. Haverhill: Mass. T. Carey, 1825.
Allen,Gardner Weld Corp Author Essex Institute. Our Navy and the West Indian Pirates. Salem: Mass. Essex institute, 1929.
Ayres, Philip ed, Juan Perez de Guzman, William Beeston, Sir, and b. The Voyages and Adventures of Capt. Barth. Sharp and Others, in the South Sea: Being a Journal of the Same, also Capt. Van Horn with His Buccanieres Surprizing of La Vera Cruz ... the True Relation of Sir Henry Morgan, His Expedition Against the Spaniards in the West-Indies, and His Taking Panama ... the President of Panama's Account of the Same Expedition: Translated Out of Spanish ... Col. Beeston's Adjustment of the Peace between the Spaniards and English in the West Indies. London: Printed by B.W. for R.H. and S.T., 1684.
Baer, Joel Herman. Piracy Examined : A Study of Daniel Defoe's "General History of the Pirates" and its Milieu. [Mikrofilm-Ausg.]. ed. Princeton, 1971.
Barnard, John. Ashton's Memorial: Or, an Authentick Account of the Strange Adventures and Signal Deliverances of Mr. Philip Ashton; Who, After He had made His Escape from the Pirates, Liv'd Alone on a Desolate Island for about 16 Months, &c. with a Short Account of Mr. Nicholas Merritt, Who was Taken at the Same Time. to which is Added, a Sermon on Dan.Iii. 17 by John Barnard, V.D.M. London: Printed for R. Ford and S. Chandler, 1726.
Black,Clinton Vane de Brosse. Pirates of the West Indies. Cambridge England: New York, 1989.
Blake, John Lauris, and Ramon, the rover of Cuba. The Cuban Rover, Or, Life in the West Indies. Boston: Dayton and Wentworth, 1853.
Briggs, Peter. Buccaneer Harbor; the Fabulous History of Port Royal, Jamaica. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970.
Burnby, J. "The Account Books of Thomas Wright Tonge (1773-1854), a Lincolnshire Surgeon and Apothecary." Pharmaceutical Historian 34, no. 2 (32; Jun 2004 Jun): 17.
Carey, Thomas. The History of the Pirates : Containing the Lives of those Noted Pirate Captains, Misson, Bowen, Kidd, Tew, Halsey, White, Condent, Bellamy, Fly, Howard, Lewis, Cornelius, Williams, Burgess, North and their Crews. also, an Account of the Piracies and Cruelties of John Augur, William Cunningham, Dennis Mackarthy, William Dowling, William Lewis, Thomas Morris, George Bendall, and William Ling, Who were Tried, Condemned and Executed at Nassau, New Providence, on the Tenth of December, 1718. to which is Added, A Correct Account of the Late Piracies Committed in the West Indies; and the Expedition of Commodore Porter. Hartford: Ezra Strong, 1835.
Chakrabarti, P. ""neither of Meate nor Drinke, but what the Doctor Alloweth": Medicine Amidst War and Commerce in Eighteenth-Century Madras." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 80, no. 1 (2006): 1-38.
Cordingly, David. Under the Black Flag : The Romance and the Reality of Life among the Pirates. 1st ed. New York: Random House, 1996.
Craig, Berry. "Pirates, Prostheses and Performing Amputations on the High Seas." O & P Business News, no. September 1 (2006): 42.
Defoe, Daniel, Charles Johnson, and fl. A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most Notorious Pyrates [Sic] and also their Policies, Discipline and Government, from their First Rise and Settlement in the Island of Providence, in 1717, to the Present Year 1724 ... to which is Added a Short Abstract of the Statute and Civil Law, in Relation to Piracy. London: Printed for Ch. Rivington J. Lacy, 1724.
Downie, Robert Angus, and Jenny Kirk. Who's Who in Davy Jones' Locker? : (a Biographical Directory of Pirates, Buccaneers and Privateers). [1st ]. ed. Hereford, England: Southgate Books, 1999.
Earle, A. Scott. Surgery in America: From the Colonial Era to the Twentieth Century; Selected Writings. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1965.
Elliott, Isabelle M. Z. Elliott,James Rawlings. A Short History of Surgical Dressings. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 1964.
Exquemelin, A. O. The Buccaneers of America; a True Account of the most Remarkable Assaults Committed of Late Years upon the Coasts of the West Indies by the Buccaneers of Jamaica and Tortuga, both English and French. Wherein are Contained More especially the Unparalleled Exploits of Sir Henry Morgan, our English Jamaican Hero, Who Sacked Porto Bello, Burnt Panama, etc. London: Allen & Unwin, 1951.
Exquemelin, A. O., and George Alfred Williams. The Buccaneers of America : Or the Pirates of Panama ; a True Account of the Famous Adventures and Daring Deeds of Sir Henry Morgan and Other Notorious Freebooters of the Spanish Main. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1914.
French, Joseph Lewis. Great Pirate Stories. New York: Tudor Pub. Co., 1929.
Goodrich,Caspar F.Corp Author United States Naval Institute. Our Navy and the West Indian Pirates : A Documentary History. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1916.
Gordon, Maurice Bear. Naval and Maritime Medicine during the American Revolution. Ventnor, N.J: Ventnor Publishers, 1978.
Gosse, Philip. The History of Piracy. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1976.
Gosse, Philip. The Pirates' Who's Who; Giving Particulars of the Lives & Deaths of the Pirates & Buccaneers. New York: B. Franklin, 1968.
Harland, K. "Naval Medical Care 1620-1770. Saving the Seamen: Naval Medical Care in the Pre-Nelson Era, 1620-1770." Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service 91, no. 2 (2005): 64-82.
Johnson, Charles fl. A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the most Notorious Pirates. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1998.
Latona, Jane E. Suppressing Piracy in the West Indies : A Bibliographical Essay. Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center Early History Branch, 1987.
Lawrence, C. "The Shaping of Things to Come: Scottish Medical Education 1700-1939." Medical Education 40, no. 3 (Mar 2006 Mar): 212-218.
Linebaugh, Peter, and Marcus Buford Rediker. The Many-Headed Hydra : Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.
Magee, R. "Medical Practice and Medical Education 1500-2001: An Overview." ANZ Journal of Surgery 74, no. 4 (Apr 2004 Apr): 272-276.
Marrin, Albert. Terror of the Spanish Main : Sir Henry Morgan and His Buccaneers. 1st ed. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1999.
Marx, Robert F. Pirate Port; the Story of the Sunken City of Port Royal. Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1967.
Mechner, Emily. Pirates and Planters : Trade and Development in the Caribbean, 1492-1680.1999.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. "Old Bruin" Commondore Matthew C. Perry, 1794-1858; the American Naval Officer Who Helped found Liberia, Hunted Pirates in the West Indies, Practised Diplomacy with Sultan of Turkey and the King of the Two Sicilies; Commanded the Gulf Squadron in the Mexican War, Promoted the Steam Navy and the Shell Gun, and Conducted the Naval Expedition Whichopened Japan. London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1968.
Naqvi, N. H. "The First British Illustrated Surgical Catalogue." Vesalius: Acta Internationales Historiae Medicinae 10, no. 1 (Jun 2004 Jun): 38-41.
Novotny, Ann Smith,C.Carter. Images of Healing : A Portfolio of American Medical & Pharmaceutical Practice in the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries. New York; London: Macmillan; Collier Macmillan, 1980.
Pawson, Michael, David Buisseret, and author joint. Port Royal, Jamaica. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975.
Pope, Dudley. The Buccaneer King : The Biography of Sir Henry Morgan, 1635-1688. New York: Dodd Mead, 1978.
Porter, David defendant. Minutes of Proceedings of the Courts of Inquiry and Court Martial, in Relation to Captain David Porter: Convened at Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the Seventh Day of July, A.D. 1825. Printed by Authority from the Official Record. Washington: Printed by Davis & Force, 1825.
Robinson, M. Todd. "Subject to the Power of the Infernall Spiritt" : Puritans, Privateers, and the Genesis of Buccaneers.1998.
Roddis, Louis H. James Lind, Founder of Nautical Medicine. New York: H. Schuman, 1950.
Roddis, Louis H. A Short History of Nautical Medicine. New York: London, P.B. Hoeber, 1941.
Rogozinski, Jan. A Brief History of the Caribbean : From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present. New York: Meridian, 1994.
Smollett, Tobias George. Knapp,Lewis M. The Letters of Tobias Smollett; Oxford: Clarendon P, 1970.
Smollett, Tobias George Boucé, Paul-Gabriel. The Adventures of Roderick Random. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.
Steinbeck, John. Cup of Gold : A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to History. New York: Covici Friede, 1936.
Sternbeck, Alfred, Elizabeth Hill, tr, Doris Mudie, and tr joint. Filibusters and Buccaneers. New York: R.M. McBride, 1942.
Stockton, Frank Richard. Buccaneers and Pirates of our Coasts. New York: The Macmillan Company London Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1943.
Strong, Ezra, and Silas Andrus. The History of the Lives and Bloody Exploits of the most Noted Pirates : Their Trials and Executions ; Including a Correct Account of the Late Piracies Committed in the West Indies, and the Expedition of Commodore Porter ; also, those Committed on the Brig Mexican, Who were Tried and Executed at Boston, in 1835 ; Embellished with Engravings from Original Designs. Hartford: Silas Andrus & Son, 1849.
Syme, Ronald, William Stobbs, and illus. Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer. New York: W. Morrow, 1965.
Walker, R. M. "The Barber Surgeons of Bristol." Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Journal 90, no. 335/6 (Jul-Oct 1975 Jul-Oct): 51-56.
Watt, J. "Sea Surgeons and Slave Ships--a Nineteenth Century Exercise in Life-Saving." Transactions of the Medical Society of London 104 (-1988 1987-1988): 130-148.
Watt, J. "The Surgery of Sea Warfare from the Galley to the Nuclear Age." Transactions of the Medical Society of London 97 (-1981 1980-1981): 1-15.
Weintraub, Aileen. Henry Morgan : Seventeenth-Century Buccaneer. New York, N.Y.: PowerKids Press, 2002.
Wheeler, Richard. In Pirate Waters. New York: Crowell, 1969.
Whitman, Levi. A Sermon, Preached at Wellfleet, March 9, 1800, on the Sabbath After the Confirmation of the News of the Death of Capt. William Chipman, Who was Inhumanly Murdered by a Part of Rigaud's Pirates in the West-Indies. Boston: Printed by Manning & Loring, 1800.
Williams, Guy R. The Age of Agony : The Art of Healing, c. 1700-1800. Chicago, Ill: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1986.
Williford, Miriam. Lost Women : Mary Read and Ann Bonney. S.l.: s.n., 1977.
Wood, Enoch. An Account of the Pirates : Executed at St. Christopher's in the West Indies, in 1828. London: Published by John Mason... (James Nichols Printer.), 1830.
Woodbury, George, Woodes Rogers, and d. The Great Days of Piracy in the West Indies. [1st ]. ed. New York Norton, 1951.
Young, Everild, Kjeld Helweg-Larsen, and author joint. The Pirates' Priest; the Life of Père Labat in the West Indies, 1693-1705. [London] Jarrolds, 1965.