Caribbean Pirates: A Treasure Chest of Fact, Fiction, and Folklore

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Pirates! The word that used to strike fear in the hearts of sailors has now struck gold for Disney through its Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and theme park ride. Pirates have overrun pop culture in everything from children's toys to the recent "Talk like a pirate" day phenomenon. Pop culture chronicler George Beahm, in association with the newly launched Pirates Magazine, traces the rise of the pirate craze and separates pirate fact from fiction. Bridging the gap between children's books and academic ...
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Overview

Pirates! The word that used to strike fear in the hearts of sailors has now struck gold for Disney through its Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise and theme park ride. Pirates have overrun pop culture in everything from children's toys to the recent "Talk like a pirate" day phenomenon. Pop culture chronicler George Beahm, in association with the newly launched Pirates Magazine, traces the rise of the pirate craze and separates pirate fact from fiction. Bridging the gap between children's books and academic historical texts, Buccaneers and Pirates of the Caribbean features a reader-friendly, sound-bite format covering all aspects of pirate life as well as the folklore surrounding the notorious mariners.
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VOYA - Catherine Gilmore-Clough
Those wannabe swashbucklers who are dying to wear black eyeliner and plunder the nearest town are sure to greet the arrival of this book with cries of "huzzah!" Beahm's encyclopedic compendium, published a month prior to the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie, contains nearly everything that readers want to know about pirates-and possibly a few things that they do not. The first section explores pirate myths and folklore, addressing the historical accuracy of the Disney movie series with such questions as, "Was there such a thing as cursed Aztec gold?" Section Two, A Pirate's Life for You, provides readers with all the details: how to speak like a pirate, how to dress like a pirate, even a year's worth of pirate festivals to attend. Appendixes of pirate books, movies, and Web sites provide for those hungering for more. Beahm strives to make the historical information as entertaining as possible and succeeds, educating readers even as his book seems superficially like an unofficial guide to the Disney franchise. But the effort to be all-encompassing occasionally leaves young adult readers marooned; genuine period costumes costing hundreds of dollars, pirate-themed cruises, Disney vacations in a pirate penthouse seem intended for an entirely different audience. Readers passionate about the Disney movies and those who cannot get enough of pirates and their lore, will find this book an entertaining and informative read and may overlook those extras intended for an older audience with more treasure to squander.
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This is not an official Disney publication, but it might as well be, as barely a page goes by without references to the three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, their props, characters, spin-off products, or theme-park rides. Swelling his narrative with fluff ("Was it bad luck to have a woman on board?") and occasionally losing coherence (pirate ladies should "be loyal to your true love. You either will . . . or will not"), the author wanders from past to present, history to fantasy, then closes with extensive annotated lists of pirate-themed books, films, festivals, and purveyors of pirate apparel and gear, along with a lengthy true/false quiz ("4. A poop deck is where pirates went to the bathroom at sea"), a visit with the author of an adult pirate novel, and more. Illustrations range from posters to small color photos of intricately detailed ship models. There's plenty of information here, but it's thrown together, thoroughly commercialized, and aimed more at reenactors and vacation planners than young pirate fans.
—John PetersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571745415
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword. Dread Pirate Timmy or Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Ovaltine   Tim Kirk     xiii
Introduction. Pirating: The Sweet Trade     xvii
Pirate Fact and Fiction
Was there such a thing as cursed Aztec gold?     2
Was there really a pirate captain named Barbossa?     5
Was there ever a real pirate ship named the Black Pearl?     6
Were there cannibals in the Caribbean     8
Why was the Black Pearl beached on its side?     10
Was there a Code of Brethren among pirates?     12
For His Ship Revenge, the Articles of Captain John Phillips     13
Did pirates use compasses, magical or otherwise?     14
Could the British troops fire flintlock rifles and then fire again seconds later?     16
Who was Davy Jones?     18
Was there such a thing as a "dead man's chest"?     19
Did Captain Barbossa have to incite a mutiny to take control of the Black Pearl?     20
Did pirates consult voodoo priestesses?     22
Did pirates routinely destroy enemy ships?     24
Did pirates steal ships?     26
Did pirates use shipboard guns to attack shore-based British forts?     28
Did the British brand pirates?     30
Why would a seaman be justifiably alarmed if a cat was let out ofits bag?     31
Was there ever a ship called the Flying Dutchman?     32
What was a letter of marque?     33
What weapons did pirates carry?     34
Were pirates hung?     36
Did pirates use marooning as a punishment?     38
Did pirates attack merchant ships?     40
Did pirates keep parrots on board?     42
Were all pirate flags black with a skull and crossbones design?     43
What forms of punishment did pirates inflict?     45
What strategies did pirates use to attack ships?     46
Did pirates bury their treasure?     48
Did pirates gamble with dice aboard ships?     50
Did pirates press-gang their victims?     51
Was Port Royal an English harbor during the golden age of piracy?     52
How did pirates employ shipboard guns?     54
Did pirates make their victims walk the plank?     57
Was there a sea beast like the kraken?     59
Could a pirate walk underwater by holding an inverted boat over his head?     60
Are Jack Sparrow's saber and pistol historically accurate?     61
Were there female pirates?     62
Was it bad luck to have a woman on board?     63
Did pirates wear peg legs?      64
Did pirates really drink rum?     65
Did pirates have feasts for guests?     68
A Pirate's Life for You
How to speak like a pirate     73
How to dress like a pirate     87
How to find your way around a pirate ship     101
How to live like a pirate: sea cruises     105
How to live the life of a pirate: pirate festivals     113
Discover pirate history: museums     127
Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean     137
Pirate Casting Call     153
What's your pirate I.Q.?     155
Appendix: Ports of Call
Pirate Books     188
Ghost Trap   Dave Lowell     197
Pirate Movies     201
General Pirate Websites     207
No Quarter Given     223
Disney Resources     227
Acknowledgments     233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

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    As a pirate re-enactor I am always a bit leery of new books on pirates, but this one was great. Usually books only focus on one area, but Caribbean pirates has a full range of topics covered in one book! From the history, to the Disney side of things, and even places to go if you are looking for pirate goodies or other re-enactors to meet up with! Well Done!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2007

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    Despite its pirate-booty of information on the hard facts and history of pirate life, the book remains completely accessible and as breezy as a Caribbean night. Young adult readers in particular, their curiosity piqued by the Disney films, will find CARIBBEAN PIRATES an enticing port of entry to the legendary world of piracy. So, if it's a pirate's life for you, pour yourself a flagon of grog and set sail with Captain 'Scurvy Dog' Beahm and his loyal crew of cutthroats. Yo ho, me mateys!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2007

    What a FUN book!

    This is a great book if you are a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride or of the movies. The author covers every topic I could imagine on the subects of the movies and the historical facts from which they were developed. Don't think it is a bland history book though! It is jam-packed with photos, maps, quizes, and even advice on how to create your own authentic pirate garb! What a charming book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    A sheer delight

    This book is a gem. Using Disney's efforts--both on film and in theme parks--as his tie-in, the author adroitly and pithily talks about pirate culture and does so in a way that will fascinate young adult as well as adult readers. Smartly organized, beautifully illustrated, this book is a great read and would make a terrific gift.

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