The waters, inlets and coves surrounding Florida’s coasts have been the refuge of infamous pirates for centuries. From pillaging Spanish galleons carrying gold to Civil War blockade runners disrupting supply lines, the pirates of Florida were once feared and respected. Navigating tempestuous waters from Fort Myers down to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, south to Naples and east to the coveted Keys, these pirates and privateers embodied freedom and adventure. They secured their places in history while fighting the likes of presidents, armadas and international powers. Authors James and Sarah Kaserman recount the swashbuckling tales of Black Caesar, Anne Bonny, “Calico Jack” Rackham and even the legend of Gasparilla. Brimming with historical facts and local myths, Florida Pirates offers the definitive guide to the scoundrels who plundered the Sunshine State’s warm coasts throughout history and to the present day.