Pirates: Scourge of the Seas

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 205 pages
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You’ve seen the fantastical films—now, discover what life was really like aboard a pirate ship! No need for a bottle of rum to enjoy the exploits of these famous and fearsome swashbucklers. There’s a galleon’s worth of daredevil action in this awesome exploration of the weapons, adventures, legends, language, and lost treasures of the pirate world. A famous cast of characters make their appearance—a rogue’s gallery of notorious names from Blackbeard to Calico Jack to Captain Kidd. Find out about their hand-thrown projectiles, pistols, and cutlasses; the punishment and torture they meted out; and even their most famous song. Cool maps and plenty of pictures of men, ships, and flags make this the book that armchair pirates dreaming of the high seas will want!
 

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Contents

Introduction
The History of Piracy
ii
Life Aboard a Pirate Ship
41
Attack Battle Tactics and Weapons
66
Pirate Ships Flags and Clothes
89
Rogues Gallery
118
Pirate Superstitions
164
Pirate Legends
168
Fictional Pirates
174
Pirate Lore
182
Glossary
194
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