The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
  • The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
  • The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down

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by Colin Woodard
     
 

In the early eighteenth century a number of the great pirate captains joined forces, including Blackbeard, Black Sam Bellamy, and Charles Vane. This infamous "Flying Gang" was more than simply a band of thieves: Many of its member were sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves who turned to piracy as a revolt against the conditions they suffered on ships and… See more details below

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In the early eighteenth century a number of the great pirate captains joined forces, including Blackbeard, Black Sam Bellamy, and Charles Vane. This infamous "Flying Gang" was more than simply a band of thieves: Many of its member were sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves who turned to piracy as a revolt against the conditions they suffered on ships and plantations. Together they established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote.

For a brief, glorious period the pirate republic was enormously successful. At its height it cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Britain, France, and Spain from their New World empires. The Royal Navy went from being unable to catch the pirates to being afraid to encounter them at all. Imperial authorities and wealthy ship owners denounced the pirates as the enemies of mankind, but huge numbers of common people saw them as heroes. Finally one man volunteered to pacify the pirates' Bahamian lair and destroy anyone who resisted--Woodes Rogers, a famous privateer himself and scion of a powerful merchant family.

Drawing on extensive research in the archives of Britain and the Americas, Colin Woodard tells the dramatic untold story of the Pirate Republic that shook the very foundations of the British and Spanish Empires and fanned the democratic sentiments that would one day drive the American Revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156034623
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/12/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
129,154
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents


Contents
prologue             The Golden Age of Piracy  1
chapter one         The Legend (1696)  10
chapter two         Going to Sea (1697–1702)  28
chapter three      War (1702–1712)  52
chapter four       Peace (1713–1715)  86
chapter five         Pirates Gather (January–June 1716)  115
chapter six           Brethren of the Coast (June 1716–March 1717)  144
chapter seven      Bellamy (March–May 1717)  169
chapter eight      Blackbeard (May–December 1717)  194
chapter nine        Begging Pardon (December 1717–July 1718)  226
chapter ten          Brinksmanship (July–September 1718)  262
chapter eleven   Hunted (September 1718–March 1720)  282
epilogue               Piracy’s End (1720–1732)  311
acknowledgments  329
endnotes  333
index  371

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