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The history of piracy, featuring profiles of legendary buccaneers.
Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who sailed with male pirates in the early 1700s.
The history of Viking pirates from the late 700s to 1100 and their plundering of European settlements.
The pirates of the South China Seas.
A look at piracy in the Indian Ocean during the 1600s focuses on raiders who used Madagascar as their base.
The history of 17th-century buccaneers who seized French, British and Spanish vessels traveling the trade routes from Europe to North America.
Pirates and the slave trade.
Privateers who emerged during the 16th century, when "the line between the pirate and the explorer was becoming invisible." Included: a profile of Francis Drake (1540-96).
Profiles of Blackbeard, "one of the most terrifying pirates in history," and Sir Francis Drake, an "honorable" privateer. Included: Blackbeard's blockade of Charleston in 1718; Drake's voyage through the Strait of Magellan in the 16th century.
European imperialists in Asia use their newly conquered land to police pirates.
Tracing the history of piracy to 200 B.C. along the Mediterranean coast.
How English buccaneers battled Spanish forces for control of the Pacific during the 16th and 17th centuries. Profiled: Francis Drake, Thomas Cavendish.
The growth of piracy between 1690 and 1722. Included: a profile of William Kidd, a Scottish privateer who turned to piracy and was hanged in 1701.
The Barbary corsairs, raiders from North Africa who ruled the Mediterranean from the 1500s to the 1800s. Profiled: Ali Pasha, Dragut, and Arouj and Khari-ed Barbarossa.
Governments work in cooperation with pirates.
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