The Golden Age of Piracy that occurred during the 16th and early 18th centuries was the peak of pirate activity. At that time, tales were shared by word of mouth. Over time, novelists began writing down pirate tales into books. By doing so, some of the most famous pirate’s lives and their adventures became memorialized in books that we can enjoy today.. If you want to live like a pirate for a day, head to Puerto Vallarta and book a tour on the Marigalante pirate ship. It’s a Puerto Vallarta top tour that the whole family will love.  In the meantime, keep reading below about the best pirate books.

1) Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

For starters, Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly contains true historical events of pirates and the men who tried to stop them. Cordingly was the head of exhibitions at England’s National Maritime Museum. Therefore, many historical records taken from original documents are utilized in the book. In addition, the book covers modern pirate myths and helps to separate the truth from myths. Also, this book has interesting pictures, maps and historical documents, too. For readers who want to learn more about what a regular day was like for a real pirate, check out Under The Black Flag. 

2)  The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

Although there is limited information about pirate hunters, The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd contains historical documentation and testimonials that give readers an insider’s glimpse into the past. The novel follows Capitan Kidd, a renowned pirate hunter in the late 17th century, and his adventures at sea. Pirate hunters went after the most dangerous pirates at the time and sometimes pirate hunters turned to piracy themselves. In fact,  Kidd was eventually executed for piracy when he returned from from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. However, many people believe that he was wrongly convicted.

3) A General History of the Pyrates

A General History of the Pyrates is regarded as the first literary work that piqued interest in pirates. The book contains in-depth details about 17th and 18th Century pirates that wreaked havoc in the Caribbean Sea during the Golden Age of Piracy. Also, the book includes references to pirates without legs, eye patches, buried treasures, and “Jolly Roger” flags that are still iconic pirate images today. This book helped define the modern opinion of pirates. It also was used by other authors down the road who pirate novels of their own.  

4) Pirate Hunter of the Caribbean: The Adventurous Life of Captain Woodes Rogers

Pirate Hunter of the Caribbean tells a tale of Captain Woodes Rogers who was a professional pirate hunter whose life was dedicated to hunting pirates across the Caribbean and Atlantic. This novel covers various subjects about pirate life including the general history of that time period. It also discusses how political and economic environments played a role in the rise of piracy. 

5): The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

The Whydah pirate shipwreck was discovered in 1984 and inspired the book. The Whydah was commanded by fearless pirate Black Sam Bellamy. Bellamy was also referred to as the Prince of Pirates or Robin Hood of the Seas. As his namesake implies, Bellamy terrorized the Atlantic Ocean during various escapades during 1716 and 1717. The Whydah talks about the harsh reality of pirate life. It also exposes pirate myths and stereotypes. Over time, Bellamy and his crew amassed a great fortune, but eventually his ship sank causing his downfall. 

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