Welcome to the Guide to 17th-Century Piracy!
There are many fine Web sites devoted to the "Golden Age of Piracy" and the glorious seadogs of the Elizabethan era, but this pirate site takes an unusual approach.
Piece of Eight deals solely with the 1600's--the century sandwiched between the two most notorious eras of piracy in the Western world.
The rise of the Stuart kings in the 1600s brought an uneasy peace between England and Spain and an end to the official tolerance of seagoing thievery. But piracy, as all other crimes borne of human need and greed, continued.