Pirates on the high seas

Can you help me understand this History question?

These readings introduced the careers of several prominent pirates after 1715. In your initial post, consider the following questions in a post of at least 250 words:

  • Compare and contrast the lives of these four pirates as recounted by Daniel Defoe.
  • What do you think constituted the shared experience of these pirates? What factors and/or circumstances contributed to the shared experience

Based on your readings, consider the following in a post of at least 250 words:

  • How do the recent works on Blackbeard, all based primarily on archaeological discoveries, conflict with Defoe’s account?
  • Why would primary and secondary source evidence differ? Which should be considered more reliable and why?
  • What is the value of each type of source for students seeking to understand the history of pirates in the Golden Age?