Pirates of the Lowcountry

Pirates of the Lowcountry: A List of Materials & Links

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According to the South Carolina Encyclopedia‘s entry on “Piracy. Piracy flourished on the South Carolina coast chiefly in two periods: the early proprietary years (1670-1700) and at the end of the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ (1716-1720)….Pirates, most of whom began their commerce raiding as legal war-time privateers, thrived” in the uncertain circumstances caused by a weak proprietary government during a period of political unrest and military threats to the English colony from Native Americans, the Spanish and the French.

This list of selective materials and links was compiled by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA, Beaufort District Collection Manager. The Beaufort District Collection is the special local history collection and archives unit of the Beaufort County Library (SC). Latest update: 14 July 2015 (Originally published:  23 November 2011). All links verified 14 July 2015.

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Online Resources:

“Pirates of the Lowcountry” by Dennis Adams, Information Services Coordinator

“Beaufort County History Moment: Pirates” with Dr. Larry Rowland, a County Channel YouTube video, posted 19 April 2013.

“The Crows Nest:An Exploration of Pirates in South Carolina”
Pirates and Privateers: The history of Maritime Piracy” website by Cindy Vallar – A wealth of information and links to additional information!
The National Maritime Museum of Greenwich, London, England has a webpage entitled “Pirates” within their “Ships, seafarers & life at sea” section.
Pirates of the Carolinas,” a lesson plan for Grade 4 using primary documents from Documenting the American South. 

Check out these materials from Beaufort County Library:

359 BUT Pirates, privateers & rebel raiders of the Carolina coast by Lindley S. Butler.(HHI)

364.1 SHE Raiders and rebels: the golden age of piracy by Frank Sherry. (BEA, HHI)

910.45 COR Under the black flag: the romance and the reality of life among the pirates by David Cordingly. (BEA, BLU)

910.4 PIR Pirates: terror on the high seas, from the Caribbean to the South China Sea edited by David Cordingly. (BEA)

910.4 ROG Pirates!: brigands, buccaneers, and privateers in fact, fiction, and legend by Jan Rogoziński. (BEA, HHI)

910.45 CON Pirates and raiders of the Southern shore by T. D. Conner. (HHI, BDC)

910.45 EAR The pirate wars by Peter Earle. (BLU)

910.45 HUG The Carolina pirates and colonial commerce, 1670-1740 by Shirley Carter Hughson. (BLU, BDC)

910.45 KON Piracy: the complete history by Angus Konstam. (BLU)

910.45 ROB Blackbeard and other pirates of the Atlantic coast by Nancy Roberts. (BEA, BDC, HHI)

J 910.45 ZEP Pirates of the Carolinas for kids by Terrance Zepke. (LOB)

972.9 WOO The Spanish Main: The Seafarers by Peter Wood and the Editors of Time-Life Books (BLU)

975.7 GRA Planters, pirates & patriots: historical tales from the South Carolina Grand Strand by Rod Gragg. (BEA, HHI)

975.7 HAS A Primary Source history of the colony of South Carolina by Heather Hasan. (BLU) Chapter 4: “Pirates, Rebellion, and War.”

975.7 MCC The history of South Carolina under the proprietary government, 1670-1719 by Edward McCrady (BEA, BDC)

975.799 ROW The history of Beaufort County, South Carolina: Volume 1, 1514-1861 by Lawrence S. Rowland, Alexander Moore, George C. Rogers, Jr. (ALL) See in particular, pp. 26-27, 44-46, 50, 58, 63, 148-149, 151, 155, 176, 186, 212, 229, 247-248; for French privateers, see 20, 22-23, 32-33, 40, 42-43, 147-148, 151; for Spanish privateers, see 141, 145, 147-151, 154-155.

Come to the BDC Research Room to see these items:

“Piracy in the Lowcountry,” by Gerhard Spieler, Beaufort: Land of Isles (Winter 197Pirate8), pp. 7, 13-16.

B JOHNSON Robert Johnson, proprietary & royal Governor of South Carolina by Richard P. Sherman. (BDC only)

SC 387.5 COK Charleston’s maritime heritage, 1670-1865: an illustrated history by P.C. Coker III. (BDC, HHI SC only)

SC 364.13 SOU Collections by the South Carolina Historical Society, pp. 206, 239, 249, and 264. (BDC only)

SC 910.45 CON Pirates and raiders of the Southern shore by T. D. Conner. (BDC, HHI)

SC 910.45 HUG The Carolina pirates and colonial commerce, 1670-1740 by Shirley Carter Hughson. (BDC, BLU)

SC 910.45 MAR Mary Long’s yesteryear Skull and crossbones: South Carolina’s infamous pirates [DVD] (BDC only)

910.45 ROB Blackbeard and other pirates of the Atlantic coast by Nancy Roberts. (BDC, BEA, HHI)

SC 910.45 SPE Shipwrecks, pirates & privateers: sunken treasures of the upper South Carolina coast, 1521-1865 by E. Lee Spence. (BDC only)

SC 975.703 JAC Privateers in Charleston, 1793-1796; an account of a French palatinate in South Carolina[by] Melvin H. Jackson. (BDC only)

SC 975.7 MCC The history of South Carolina under the proprietary government, 1670-1719 by Edward McCrady (BDC, BEA)

SC 975.799 ROW The history of Beaufort County, South Carolina: Volume 1, 1514-1861 by Lawrence S. Rowland, Alexander Moore, George C. Rogers, Jr. (ALL)

See in particular, pp. 26-27, 44-46, 50, 58, 63, 148-149, 151, 155, 176, 186, 212, 229, 247-248; for French privateers, see 20, 22-23, 32-33, 40, 42-43, 147-148, 151; for Spanish privateers, see 141, 145, 147-151, 154-155.

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LEGEND TO MATERIALS LOCATIONS

BDC = Beaufort District Collection
BEA = Beaufort Branch Library
BLU = Bluffton Branch Library
HHI = Hilton Head Branch Library
LOB = Lobeco Branch Library
STH = St. Helena Branch Library