Published: July 2006
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In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Baer, Joel. Pirates of the British Isles. Tempus, 2005.

Butler, Lindley S. Pirates, Privateers, and Rebel Raiders of the Carolina Coast. University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Cordingly, David. Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates. Harcourt Brace, 1995.

Defoe, Daniel. A General History of the Pyrates. Dover, 1999.

Lee, Robert E. Blackbeard the Pirate: A Reappraisal of His Life and Times. John F. Blair, 1976.

Moore, David D., and Mike Daniel. "Blackbeard's Capture of the Nantaise Slave Ship La Concorde: A Brief Analysis of the Documentary Evidence." Tributaries (October 2001), 14-31.

Rediker, Marcus. Villians of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age. Beacon Press, 2004.

Rodgers, Bradley A., and others. "'Ruling Theories Linger': Questioning the Identity of the Beaufort Inlet Shipwreck." International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (Vol. 34, no. 1, 2005), 24-37.

NGS Resources

Lewis, J. Patrick. Blackbeard: The Pirate King. National Geographic Books, 2006.

Downey, Francis. "Pirate King: Scientists Search for the Real Blackbeard." National Geographic Explorer! (March 2006), 18-23.

Malam, John. How to Be a Pirate. National Geographic Books, 2005.

Kirkpatrick, Jennifer. "Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea." National Geographic World (November 1996), 6-10.