Frothers United, UK has this page which compares various lines of miniature wargaming pirate figures.
Fur Wars is a set of free wargames rules for battles in colonial America. It’s based on Tod Kershner’s well-known Pig Wars rules.
Comic Book Plus has a collection of pulp pirate comics and stories.
Here’s a nice photo tutorial on making half timbered, thatched roof country cottages.
Baccus 6mm has a good painting guide for the English Civil War. There’s also information on flags.