The history of piracy can be traced back over a thousand years, spanning centuries just as easily as it spans the globe. From the ever-popular pirates that patrolled the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries, to the privateers that left an indelible mark during the Age of Exploration, and the bold corsairs that battled off the Barbary Coast, the wealth of information is as vast as the greatest of treasures.
But if you’ve found this site, you probably already know that. You probably also know that the subject of pirate history is as niche as it is fascinating. I’ve found that it can be so niche, in fact, that I frequently only have one or two people in my life that I can enjoy discussing it with.
If you’re anything like me, you probably pour over books, websites, and podcasts taking in as much information as you can. There are so many valuable sources, so many scholars who have dedicated years upon years of research to the subject; all of whom have done and will do a way better job than I will with this endeavor I’m about to undertake.
Those of us who list pirate history as a true passion spend the majority of our time taking in information, but rarely do we get the opportunity to reverse that flow of information and share it with others.
With ‘This Date In Pirate History,’ I hope to provide an outlet not only for myself, but for any and all of you who share this passion for history, for piracy, and for adventure. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy this site as we take a look at important dates across the calendar, revisiting stories that we may already know and love, while maybe even learning a thing or two along the way.