Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

by Eric Jay Dolin


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With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters vividly reanimates the “Golden Age” of piracy in the Americas.

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates’ manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631492105
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 122,524
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Eric Jay Dolin is the best-selling author of Leviathan, and Black Flags, Blue Waters. He and his family live in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xv

Introduction xix

1 Small Beginnings 1

2 Welcomed with Open Arms 30

3 "Where the Money was as Plenty as Stones and Sand" 48

4 Crackdown 70

5 War's Reprieve 121

6 Interlude, or a Pirate Classification 144

7 Treasure and the Tempest 175

8 The Gentleman Pirate and Blackbeard 202

9 Fading Away 259

Epilogue: "Yo-Ho-Ho, and a Bottle of Rum!" 302

Acknowledgments 313

Notes 317

Select Bibliography 363

Illustration Credits 367

Index 371

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