Pirates of the Carolinas

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Pirates of the Carolinas discusses thirteen of the most intriguing buccaneers in the history of piracy, including Henry Avery, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Calico Jack, Stede Bonnet, and Captain Kidd. These men and women are all connected somehow to the Carolinas. In this new edition you'll find an all-new chapter on Blackbeard. Includes new sections such as The Truth about Piracy, How to Talk Like a Pirate, a list of pirate movies, a pirate quiz, and more.

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Overview

Pirates of the Carolinas discusses thirteen of the most intriguing buccaneers in the history of piracy, including Henry Avery, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Calico Jack, Stede Bonnet, and Captain Kidd. These men and women are all connected somehow to the Carolinas. In this new edition you'll find an all-new chapter on Blackbeard. Includes new sections such as The Truth about Piracy, How to Talk Like a Pirate, a list of pirate movies, a pirate quiz, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
In Pirates Of The Carolinas, author/photographer Terrance Zepke evaluates thirteen buccaneers, male and female, all of whom share a connection to the Carolinas. From the universally feared Blackbeard to infamous Anne Bonny, who ran to avoid marrying a rich man her father chose for her husband, the adventurous and deadly histories of these watery thieves is vividly recreated as best known from the evidence - conjecture and surmise help flesh out the rest, for there are some pirate mysteries known only to the depths of the ocean. Easily understandable to the lay reader, Pirates Of The Carolinas is written with flair, confidently informative, and highly entertaining.
From The Critics
In Pirates Of The Carolinas, writer/photographer Terrance Zepke presents the reader with thirteen of the most fascinating buccaneers in the history of piracy, each of whom was connected to the Carolinas. Here are to be found insights into the personalities and lives of these sea marauders, and informative answers into what their daily lives were like. From Blackbeard and Captain Kidd to Anne Bonny and Mary Reed, this cast of characters are as memorable as they were colorful, and as dangerous as they were ardently sought after by the authorities and eventual brought to grim justice. Pirates Of The Carolinas is terrific reading, the true-life stuff of which legends and Hollywood movies are made!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561643448
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: 2nd ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 541,645
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.51 (d)

First Chapter

Anne Bonny, the most famous and fascinating female pirate, was never able to deny her passions. She did whatever she pleased and took whatever she wanted...And Anne needed a great deal of attention. Anne was high-spirited, to say the least. She also delighted in dressing and acting like a boy. The rebellious teen was good at shooting, hunting, riding, and even cursing! Despite her minimum efforts with her appearance, this tomboy was stunningly attractive. Anne had the porcelain skin of the Irish, as well as a beautiful head of thick, red curly hair she refused to tie up, so it draped her face and shoulders like a lion’s mane. A story in The Pirate’s Own Book, 1837, reports that Anne once attacked a young man who tried to have his way with her. She assaulted him so violently that he was bed ridden for weeks.

Although the girl had many eligible men trying to court her, she was not interested in settling down. By the time she was nineteen, William Cormac took matters into his own hands and arranged for his daughter to marry a prominent member of the community. For a young woman who didn’t want to answer to anyone and longed for great adventure and excitement, this prospect must have seemed like a lifelong prison sentence. Unable to bear the thought of having to stay in Charleston betrothed to this stolid fellow her father had chosen for her, she eloped with a young sailor she’s been seeing on the sly, James Bonny. The union was definitely more about freedom than true love. Anne saw the sailor as her way out of the restrictive social setting of Charleston, and as an opportunity to see the world on her own terms.

Unfortunately, Anne quickly became bored with her husband. As a matter of fact, she was pursuing other options when she was seen be pirate Jack Rackham in Nassau on New Providence. He was there in hopes of obtaining the king’s pardon, but got distracted from his mission when he saw Anne Bonny. The instant he laid eyes on the wild redheaded woman, “Calico Jack” Rackham fell head over heels in love. His feelings were reciprocated by Anne. For the first time in her life, Anne Bonny discovered the real meaning of love.

Rackham tried to get Anne’s husband to divorce her by offering him a large sum of money, but James Bonny refused the money and proclaimed he would never let his wife go. He even went so far as revealing Anne’s infidelity to the governor. Under the governor’s threat of official recrimination for their adulterous actions, Anne and Calico Jack stole a ship, assembled a crew, and set sail, not telling anyone their destination.

Anne probably found further excitement in the charade of having to conceal her identity by dressing as a man, since women weren’t allowed to crew or even be aboard pirate ships. More importantly, it would have diminished Rackham’s authority if he had blatantly brought a woman on as part of the crew. It probably wasn’t as difficult as one might think to pull off this sham-the clothes were loose fitting, and boys were employed as powder monkeys. Without make-up and with her hair put up under a hat, Anne could have passed f or one of these lads, without close scrutiny.

The pair continued the deception for months. During this time, they managed to successfully assault and raid some small merchant ships. However, in 1720 something happened that nearly ended their relationship. Rackham overtook a Dutch merchant ship, captured the crew, and forced them into servitude. Anne Bonny began spending a great deal of time with one of the new pirates. Calico Jack often spotted them huddled together, whispering.

Jealously besieged Rackham. In a rage, he confronted Anne and the English pirate, promising to kill both for their indiscretions. Anne was forced to tell Calico Jack the truth. She divulged that the man he thought she was carrying on with was nothing more than a friend, a very good friend. Anne then formally introduced her new best friend. Jack, I’d like you to meet Miss Mary Read!

Shortly after this, the women abandoned their disguises, but not the manly clothing. Having proven themselves to be more adept than most male pirates, their revelation was well received. But, just as they were accepted as female buccaneers, Anne found out she was pregnant and had to be taken to Cuba to have the baby. If Calico Jack hinted that Anne could stay in Cuba to raise the child, Anne must have quickly told him otherwise, for she was back on board within a few weeks...All that was important to Anne was the freedom of being a pirate because it was a great outlet for her untamed spirit. It was one of her happiest days when she was once again part of Captain Jack Rackham’s pirate crew. Little did she or any of them know that the high times they had shared were behind them...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2002

    It's a good boook

    The author does a first-rate job combining history with good storytelling, thus making the book highly entertaining, as well as informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    Pirates come to life

    If your heart has ever raced at the thoughts of buried treasure, if you have ever stood on the beach & scanned the horizon for sails, this book is a 'must read'! Due to extensive research & travel, the author, Ms. Zepke has presented these men & women as never before, in detail & realism. They are brought to life in all of their cruelity, action, cunning, stupidity, hardships and even sometimes romance & bravery. You get a glimpse of the towns & ports of the Carolinas that were visited by these scoundrels, buccaneers. After reading this detailed account of their lives & deaths, you will never feel the same about the Pirates of our Carolina Coasts!!!

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