Cup of Gold - Suggestions for Further Reading


1724 illustration of Bartholomew Roberts privateer

Reference Works and External Links

Seventeenth Century England

  • French, H.R. The Middle Sort of People in Provincial England, 1600-1750. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007.

Seventeenth Century Wales

  • De Vries, Jan. The Economy of Europe in an Age of Crisis, 1600-1750. New York: Cambridge UP, 1976.
  • Heal, Felicity and Clive Holmes. The Gentry in England and Wales, 1500-1700. Palo Alto: Stanford U P, 1995.

Indentured Servitude

  • A map of the slave route from UNESCOKidd, Colin. British Identities before Nationalism: Ethnicity and Nationhood in the Atlantic World, 1600-1800. New York: Cambridge U P, 1999.
  • Smith, Woodruff. Consumption and the Making of Respectability, 1600-1800. New York: Routledge Press, 2002.
  • Van Der Zee, John. Bound Over: Indentured Servitude and the American Conscience. New York: Holiday House Publishing, 1996.
  • Diène, Doudou. "A New International Project: The Slave Route." UNESCO Courier: A Window Open on the World XLVII.10 (1994): 29. UNESCO. UNESCO. Web. <>.

Slave Ships and Trade in the West Indies

  • Krise, Thomas W. Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1999.
  • Linebaugh, Peter and Marcus Rediker. The Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. New York: Beacon Press, 2001.
  • Postma, Johannes. The Dutch in the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1815. New York: Cambridge U P, 1990.
  • Rediker, Marcus. Between the Devl and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seaman, Pirates, and the Angl-American Maritime World, 1700-1750. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1987.
  • Sheridan, Richard. Sugar and Slaver: The Economic History of the British West Indies. Kingston: Canoe Press, 1994.
  • Taylor, Eric Robert. If We Must Die; Shipboard Insurrections in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade (Antislavery, Abolition, and the Atlantic World). Baton Rouge: Louisiana State U P, 2006.

The Life and Times of the Buccaneers

Engraving of pirate Anne Bonny

The following books provide extensive background into the lives and adventures of the pirates of the high seas. These texts chronicle the groups of sea roving pirates who roamed the coastlines of Central America and the Caribbean during the seventeenth century. Many of the accounts record the journey of famous buccaneers, as well as placing these men and their explorations in a social, historical and chronological context. These stories depict the lives of great captains, navigators, and murderous adventurers who often committed wicked acts of brutality among them the legendary Sir Henry Morgan. Many are appropriate for children as well as adults.

  • Beahm, George. Caribbean Pirates: A Treasure Chest of Fact, Fiction, and Folklore. Charlottesville: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2007.
  • Choundas, George. The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues. Cincinnati: F & W Publications, 2007.
  • Cordingly, David. Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates. Orlando: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1995.
  • Croce, Pat. Pirate Soul: A Swashbuckling Journey through the Golden Age of Pirates. Philadelphia: Running Press Books, 2006.
  • Dow, George Francis and John Henry Edmonds. The Pirates of the New England Coast: 1630-1730. Salem: Dover, 1996.
  • Exquemelin, Alexander O. The Buccaneers of America. New York: Dover, 1981.
  • Gerhard, Peter. Pirates of New Spain, 1575-1742. Salem: Dover, 2003.
  • Johnson, Captain Charles and David Cordingly. A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishing House, 1999.
  • Konstam, Angus. Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2006.
  • ---. Buccaneers: 1620-1700. Oxford: Osprey Press, 2000.
  • ---. The History of Pirates. Ontario: Lyons Press, 1999.
  • ---. Pirates: Predators of the Seas: An Illustrated History. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2007
  • ---. The Pirate Ship 1660-1730. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Company, 2003.
  • ---.Privateers & Pirates: 1730-1830. Oxford: Osprey Press, 2001.
  • ---. Scourge of the Seas: Buccaneers, Pirates and Privateers. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2007.
  • Lewis, Jon. The Mammoth Book of Pirates: Over 25 True Tales of Devilry and Daring by the Most Infamous Pirates of All Time. New York: New York Press, 2006.
  • Marine Research Society. The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers. Salem: Dover Publications, 1992.
  • Perry, Dan. Blackbeard: The Real Pirate of the Caribbean. New York: Basic Books, 2006.
  • Smith, Horane. Port Royal. Ontario: Boheme Press, 2001.
  • Woodard, Colin. The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down. Orlando: Harcourt Press, Inc., 2007.

The Life of Captain Henry Morgan

  • Breverton, Terry. Admiral Sir Henry Morgan: King of the Buccaneers. New York: Pelican, 2005.
  • Earle, Peter. The Sack of Panama. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981.
  • Little, Benerson. The Sea Rover's Practice: Pirates Tactics and Techniques, 1630-1730. Dulles: Potomac Books, 2005.
  • Marrin, Albert. Terror of the Spanish Main: Sir Henry Morgan and His Buccaneers. New York: Penguin, 1999.
  • Petrovich, Sandra Marie. Henry Morgan's Raid on Panama: Geopolitics and Colonial Ramifications, 1669-1674. Lewiston: Edward Mellon Press, 2001.
  • Pope, Dudley. Harry Morgan's Way: The Biography of Sir Henry Morgan 1635-1684. London: House of Stratus, 2001.
  • Pope, Dudley. The Buccaneer King: The Biography of Sir Henry Morgan, 1635-1688. Detroit: Dodd Mead Publishing Company, 1978.
  • Rediker, Marcus. Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates of the Golden Age. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004.
  • Rogozinski, Jan. Pirates: Brigands, Buccaneers, and Privateers in Fact, Fiction and Legend. New York: Da Capo Press: 1995.
  • Rudnick, Martin E. The Jeweled Snuffbox: Sir Henry Morgan Revisited. Lincoln: Writers Club Press, 2001.
  • Winston, Alexander. No Man Knows My Grave: Privateers and Pirates (1665-1715). New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1969.

Web-based Resources

Gettysburg Flag Works: famous pirate flags

Gettysburg Flag Works is a commercial site selling all kinds of flags and accessories. The famous pirate flags page has a detailed list of historical pirates and collections of links to further information about each.

Franco Cavazzi's CyberTemple

Franco Cavazzi describes the life and times of Sir Henry Morgan on this page of his CyberTemple. Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers

The Community Learning Network (CLN) helps K-12 teachers integrate information technology into their classrooms, including themed information such as pirates, privateers and buccaneers.

Hegewisch, IL community: Pirates of the Caribbean, in fact and fiction

Hegewisch, IL, a neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, presents a community site including this page dedicated to the "Golden Age of Piracy", particularly in the Caribbean. "The intent of the page is to educate and to give the emerging scholars of piracy a place to start (and perhaps finish) their research on a most fascinating and colorful subject."

The Literary Encyclopedia article on Cup of Gold

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