COLIN WOODARD is the author of American Nations: A History of The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier and Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas. He is State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald, where he won a George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. His writing has appeared in Smithsonian, The Economist, the Washington Post, and many other national and international publications. He lives in midcoast Maine. Visit www.republicofpirates.net.
The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Downby 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
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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Table of Contents
prologue The Golden Age of Piracy 1
chapter one The Legend (1696) 10
chapter two Going to Sea (16971702) 28
chapter three War (17021712) 52
chapter four Peace (17131715) 86
chapter five Pirates Gather (JanuaryJune 1716) 115
chapter six Brethren of the Coast (June 1716March 1717) 144
chapter seven Bellamy (MarchMay 1717) 169
chapter eight Blackbeard (MayDecember 1717) 194
chapter nine Begging Pardon (December 1717July 1718) 226
chapter ten Brinksmanship (JulySeptember 1718) 262
chapter eleven Hunted (September 1718March 1720) 282
epilogue Piracy’s End (17201732) 311
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