The Sack of Baltimore

Quick, what was the biggest single attack by Barbary pirates on Ireland or Britain? If you answered the Sack of Baltimore, you’d be right! On June 20, 1631 pirates from the North African Barbary Coast, led by a Dutchman named Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, sailed all the way up to the village of Baltimore in West Cork, Ireland and decided to have a good old-fashioned … Continue reading The Sack of Baltimore

Character Assassination

On May 23, 1701, Captain William Kidd was hanged after being convicted of murder and piracy during a sensational trial before the Admiralty. Although he’s gone down in history as a notorious pirate, it’s more likely Kidd was a privateer who wound up being the victim of really bad circumstances. Kidd was born in Scotland but spent most of his life in New York, where … Continue reading Character Assassination