Privateers in the War of 1812

This lesson will focus on the role of Nova Scotia’s privateers during the War of 1812. Students will conduct research about privateers and then complete a journal assignment. They will write from the perspective of a captain or sailor on a privateering vessel. The entries should describe a series of events including leaving port, engaging a vessel from the United States of America, the conflict and returning to port with the captured ship and its cargo.
  • Privateer Information Data Collection Sheet (attached)
  • Access to a computer lab, LCD Projector and the internet


The National Archives and Records Administration: War of 1812

Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management – Spoils of War:  Privateering in        Nova Scotia

The Canadian Encyclopedia - Privateering

Virtual Museum of Canada – Privateers Encyclopedia

The National Battlefields Commission – Pirates, Privateers and freebooters

Canadian Atlas Online War of 1812 theme

Parks Canada