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You can read about real pirates at the James Ford Bell Library. Here are just a few titles to get you started:
1. An authentick and faithful history of that arch-pyrate Tulagee Angria : with a curious narrative of the siege and taking of the town and fortress of Geriah, and the destruction of his whole naval force, by Admiral Watson and Colonel Clive : to which is added, an account of his predecessors, the Angrias ... : also a full account of their dominions ... / in a letter to a merchant in London, from his brother, a factor at Bombay, who was present in the late expedition. London, 1756
Bell call number: 1756 Au
2. Daniel Defoe, The history of the pyrates, containing the lives of Captain Misson, Captain Bowen, Captain Kidd, Captain Tew, Captain Halsey, Captain White, Captain Condent, Captain Bellamy, Captain Fly, Captain Howard, Captain Lewis, Captain Cornelius, Captain Williams, Captain Burgess, Captain North and their several crews ... to the whole is added an appendix which compleats the lives of the first volume and corrects some mistakes ... / by Capt. Charles Johnson, author of vol. I. London, 1726(?).
Bell call number: 1724 De v1 and v2
3. A full account of the proceedings in relation to Capt. Kidd : in two letters / written by a person of quality to a kinsman of the Earl of Bellomont in Ireland. London, 1701
Bell call number: 1701 Fu