Piracy Map Assignment

In order to best understand piracy, you need to know where it was happening, where pirates lived and where anti-piracy centers of power resided. To that purpose, each of you will create your own, unique Google Map that identifies these locations and indicates why they were important.

*** For this assignment, please be sure that you are signed into your Muhlenberg “GSuite” account. To do that, go HERE.

Also, note that there are brand new “Digital Learning Assistants” on campus who can help you with this assignment if you have trouble. See this announcement.

Within your new “GSuite” account, you now have “My Maps” (to find this, it’s easiest to google “Google My Maps” in another tab, while already signed in). Google provides instructions on how to use My Maps here. I expect you to read and follow these instructions.


Locate and mark the most important locations that have been identified in your reading up to the point at which the assignments are due. You will have 4 deadlines for this assignment throughout the semester (see calendar). For each deadline, you must submit 10-15 of the most significant locations (that means a semester total of 40-60 locations). For each class, you should identify at least 2 new locations.

For each  location, please include a Title (e.g. “Andros Island” or “Blackbeard’s Hideout”) and a 2-3 sentence description of why the location is important to our understanding of piracy. In order to “mark” each location, you can use a point (or “marker”), line, or shape (a shape is a line that ends where it began; it encloses a space). Please use points for exact locations and lines or shapes for places that are not points. For example, Blackbeard’s Hideout is a point, while “Andros Island” is a whole island and can, therefore, be enclosed in a shape. A line could be used for a ships route, for example. Some locations will be “nested”- for example, Fort Fincastle is in Nassau, which is on Nassau Island which is in the Bahamas. For your purposes, these are four separate locations. Some locations will have multiple locations nested within them.

One note, be careful not to use modern locations carefully- for example, “North Carolina” is not the same now as it was during the height of piracy. Be sure that you are identifying what was considered “North Carolina” at the time.

Additionally, each description must have at least one citation (more than one is beneficial, but not required). They must be in the following format: (Author Date, Page number(s)). For example, (Woodard 2007, 17-23).

In order to submit all four assignments, please only use one map. You will need to submit a link to this same map 4 times on Canvas. Please separate your 4 submissions using layers. Name them something obvious (e.g., Map 1, Map 2, etc.). Some of you used layers to separate different types of places. Instead, please use different icons and colors to differentiate these.

Also, please use different icons and colors to differentiate types of locations. This will help you (and me and any other viewer) to “see” the patterns of places.

Types of locations (all must be relevant to piracy and your readings):

  • Pirate (or smuggler) residences/ towns/ cities.
  • Colonial cities affected by piracy.
  • Residences of important individuals (pirates or otherwise).
  • Capitals where piracy was outlawed.
  • Forts.
  • Famous battles.
  • Hideouts (marine or terrestrial)
  • Sea routes (pirates or their prey)
  • and many more.

You will be graded on:

  1. Completion- Are 10-15 locations present, each with a title and description?
  2. Precision- Is the place in the correct location?
  3. Marker- Are you using the most appropriate type of marker (point, line, polygon) for the location?
  4. Title and description- Are these accurate, complete and detailed?
  5. Are references present and accurate?
  6.  Are different icons and colors used to distinguish categories of locations?