A list of map collections from the Geography and Map Division. In addition to the collections specifically linked elsewhere in the Guide, other collections contain individual maps relevant to the French and Indian War.
This collection comprises 139 books selected from the Library of Congress's General Collections and two books from its Rare Book and Special Collections Division. It includes first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures, and books of photographs. The official letters of Alexander Spotswood, Lieutenant-Governor of the colony of Virginia, 1710-1722, contain a number of references to pirates, particularly to Blackbeard, who was brought to justice under Spotswood's orders.
Jennifer Davis explores how legal scholars can investigate the latest additions to our hoard, and many earlier piracy law titles as well, the next time they visit the Law Library (In Custodia Legis blog: September 18, 2015).
This online exhibition features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. Among these is an early printing of The Buccaneers of America.
The Law Library of Congress has digitized its collection of pre-1923 piracy trials. This historical collection of piracy trials is critical for understanding how the various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900. The full text of these titles is available online.
Search PPOC using "pirates" or the names of individual pirates (e.g. Anne Bonney, Blackbeard the Pirate, Charles Vane, Stede Bonnet) to find additional prints and other digital images related to the Golden Age of Piracy.
An all-day symposium, "Pirates and Corsairs of the Americas in History and Literature," was sponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and the Hispanic Division in conjunction with the "Exploring the Early Americas" exhibition. Webcasts of the presentations are available on our site.
This article focusses on one of the most important books about pirates—“The Buccaneers of America,” written by Alexandre Exquemelin in 1678. He served as surgeon for nearly 10 years with various buccaneers and gives an eyewitness account of the daring deeds of French, Dutch and English pirates raiding Spanish ships and colonies in the Caribbean. (Library of Congress Wise Guide: a digital magazine designed to introduce users to the many fascinating, educational, and useful resources available on the Library's Web site).