How have pirates been described through the ages, and how have those perceptions changed? UF's Special and Area Studies collections contains a wide range of materials dealing with the history, lore, and punishment of piracy, from printed books made during the period of Atlantic exploration to the portrayals of pirates in film and media.
Specific Learning Outcomes
The QUEST course's Capstone Requirement is for students to prepare an analytical essay contrasting a work of fiction or contemporary culture with historical sources. This course visit introduces students to a range of historical and popular materials on the history of piracy, encourages them to compare primary sources from different places and times, and allows for in-depth, small group discussion of a selection of source materials.
Contact Time: 50 minutes
Class Size: 25 - 50 students per section (Discussion groups of larger class visiting with their TAs)
Class Level: Introductory. The instructors assume no prior knowledge of the materials on display or the handling and use of special collections. Materials should be selected that do not require extensive time to contextualize or a large amount of manipulation.
Intermediate - Assumes that the class (or a large part of it) has familiarity visiting the collections and may have some relevant background knowledge in the general area of the materials. Allows for the selection of more complex or more contextual materials, might be a follow-up activity for an introductory visit.
Expert - Requires either background knowledge on the specific materials chosen or facility working with collections. Students at this level would be able to select and contextualize their own materials with assistance from the collection manager or course instructor.
Students break into small groups of 5 and closely examine one of the sources on display with one of the course instructors. As you examine the source,
Students should be more comfortable with interpreting and reading historical sources.
Ideas and approaches that can be applied to other source materials for their capstone project.
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A selection of materials used in previous visits are available in the gallery below.
During the first part of the visit, students were introduced to the materials by curators and heard a general overview of the collections and our holding areas. These are intended to give a sense of the content of the class session. They are not an exact or all-encompassing list of what can be found to use in the class.
Representative samples of the genres of material and collections that hold resources for the class. Click the thumbnail to view the full slideshow.
Rare Books in the History of Piracy
A recorded introduction to the early histories used in this visit.