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Pirates!: The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates
by Rees, Celia
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1. What was it like to be a girl in the 18th century? Why did Nancy's fascination with adventure and travel make it so difficult for her to stay in her "place?"
2. What do you know about the West Indies in the 18th century? What do you know about the slave trade and its connections to sugar growing in the Indies? Why is this information important to the story and Nancy and Minerva's decision to become pirates?
3. Describe the process of making sugar. Why was Nancy so shocked by the operation? How would you feel, in her place? Describe the brand. Why did it upset Nancy? What did it mean?
4. How did Nancy and Minerva become outlaws and set off to join the maroons? Who was the letter addressed to Nancy, which her brother had hidden, from, and why did it make her angry?
5. What happened when the pirates came to the maroons' village? Who was the pirate captain and how did Nancy know him? What did the pirates mean to the maroons? How is this image different from what you think of when you think about pirates?
6. Where did Broom decide to take the Swift Return and her crew after the near disaster at Nassau? Why? What did he promise the crew?
7. What is the secret that Minerva reveals to Nancy after the battle with Low's pirates? Why is this so important to her?
8. What happened aboard the Fortune when it crossed the line into the Southern Hemisphere? Where were Vincent and the crew of the Swift Return? How did the "baptism" get out of hand, and how was the trouble stopped?
9. Describe the rooms prepared for Nancy on Bartholome's ship. What was in them? What dress is she to wear? What did Bartholome plan to do with Nancy? Who thwarted his plan, and how?
10. What did Nancy decide to do after Minerva and Vincent's wedding? Where did she go, and why?