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Pirates, Privateers & Buccaneers
World map showing locations of pirate activities today.
Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake
This collection is provided by the Library of Congress. "Sir Francis Drake, English explorer and naval strategist, circumnavigated the earth from 1577-1580. During these travels, Drake visited the Caribbean and the Pacific claiming a portion of California for Queen Elizabeth and waging battles on the Spanish. This collection comprises important primary and secondary materials accumulated about Drake’s voyages.
Spoils of War: Privateering in Nova Scotia
From the Nova Scotia Archives this site includes:
Digitized original log-books for the privateers Charles Mary Wentworth (1799-1800), Nelson (1802) and Dart (1813)
A virtual exhibit telling the story of war-at-sea, 1793-1815, using digitized content selected from Halifax newspapers, court records and government documents of the time.
An extensive list of secondary sources on Piracy in Nova Scotia.
The Buccaneers of America in 3D
Explore the classic book "Buccaneers of America" with a 3D digital
model to simulate turning the pages of a real book."
Online exhibit from the Library of Congress.
Audio also available from this site.
Eyewitness account, first published in 1678
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913
A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. If you are new to this site, you may find the Getting Started and Guide to Searching videos and tutorials helpful.
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