Arr-veh!

Author Edward Kritzler, author of a new book Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom — and Revenge has probably heard all the jokes about Jewish pirates, but he has the last laugh. Benjamin Ivry of the Jewish Daily Forward has a review.

Kritzler dates the rise of the Sephardic pirate "to the medieval expulsions of Jews from European countries, culminating in the Spanish expulsion of 1492, which impelled a few suffering exiles to seek income and refuge in that most uncertain and desperate domain, sea piracy." His pirates include Samuel Pallache and Abraham Cohen Henriques, both very success at their endeavors.