The Sea Rovers (Atheneum, 1984)

The Sea Rovers: Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers

Albert Marrin

This is the story of pirates, privateers and buccaneers-- swashbuckling characters who were daring men who practically ruled the seas for three hundred years—how they lived, what they stood for and tales of their adventures and daring. You will learn more about pirates such as Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, and Captain Kidd who were just a few of those fierce, bold individuals. Readers will find out about the Barbary pirates who, from the north coast of Africa, preyed on shipping in the Mediterranean and how the young U. S. navy proved itself by destroying their power.


Marrin introduces Sir Francis Drake, Henry Morgan and Blackbeard as well as lesser-known pirates and privateers who roamed the seas during a “Golden Age” for pirates that lasted for 300 hundred years after Columbus discovered America... Marrin also devotes a brief chapter to three women pirates, two of whom posed as men throughout their careers... An enjoyable introduction that should leave readers eager for more.

—School Library Journal