Pirates of the Caribbean: Beyond the Myth

skull n crossbonesWithout a doubt, Johnny Depp and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series have imprinted our popular perception of pirates; but beyond the special effects of the Disney producers, what was life really like for pirates?

If you are tempted to run a Google search for “pirates of the Caribbean”, avoid the temptation; the first two pages of links will only take you to Disney sites advertising some aspect of the film series. To discover something about the lives of pirates and uncover the details of their exploits, we need to research available primary sources – firsthand accounts – and secondary sources written during or immediately following the time of pirate exploits.  Following is a partial list of free digital versions of  primary texts from the 17th and 18th centuries. These stories and histories describe the lives of  ‘real’ pirates – not the Disney version.

Free Digital Pirate Texts for Kindle Readers
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Pirates
Charles fl. Johnson, Claud Lovat Fraser
Kindle Edition
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Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts
Frank Richard Stockton
Kindle Edition
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Great Pirate Stories
Joseph Lewis French
Kindle Edition
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

History of the Buccaneers of America
James Burney
Kindle Edition
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

The Pirates of Panama or, The Buccaneers of America; a True Account of the Famous Adventures and Daring Deeds of Sir Henry Morgan and Other Notorious Freebooters of the Spanish Main
A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin, George Alfred Williams
Kindle Edition
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The Pirate
Frederick Marryat
Kindle Edition
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc

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