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If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Black Bart, King of the Caribbean Pirates

If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Black Bart, King of the Caribbean Pirates

by Richard Sanders


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If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Black Bart, King of the Caribbean Pirates

In a page-turning tale brimming with adventure, author Richard Sanders tells of the remarkable exploits of Bartholomew Roberts (better known as Black Bart), the greatest of the Caribbean pirates. He drank tea instead of rum. He banned women and gambling on his ships. He never made his prisoners walk the plank, instead inviting them into his cabin for a friendly chat. And during the course of his extraordinary two-and-a-half-year career as a pirate captain, he captured four hundred prizes and brought trade in the eastern Caribbean to a standstill. In If a Pirate I Must Be..., Richard Sanders tells the larger-than-life story of Bartholomew Roberts, aka Black Bart. Born in a rural town, Roberts rose from third mate on a slave ship to pirate captain in a matter of months. Before long, his combination of audaciousness and cunning won him fame and fortune from the fisheries of Newfoundland to the slave ports of West Africa. Sanders brings to life a fascinating world of theater and ritual, where men (a third of whom were black) lived a close-knit, egalitarian life, democratically electing their officers and sharing their spoils. They were highly (if surreptitiously) popular with many merchants, with whom they struck incredibly lucrative deals. Yet with a fierce team of Royal Navy pirate hunters tracking his every move, Roberts’ heyday would prove a brief one, and with his capture, the Golden Age of pirates would pass into the lore and legend of books and movies. Based on historical records, journals and letters from pirates under Roberts’ command, and on writings by Roberts himself, If a Pirate I Must Be... is the true story of the greatest pirate ever to sail the Caribbean.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602390195
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 5.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Sanders is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who first became fascinated with pirates while living in Columbia during the 1990s. He now lives in London.

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If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Black Bart, King of the Caribbean Pirates 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took this book to Antigua . Sat on the beach and got sunburned . Because I couldn't put this down . It is Very well writen and reserched. It felt like you were on the Royal Foutune . I don't reveiw books ,but this one is worth the reveiw
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sanders brings to life one of the world's most intriguing pirates, with his vivid prose and groundbreaking research. This original portrait challenges every cliche we have about pirate culture. For anyone who is interested in what life was really like aboard a pirate ship, this book is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not stop reading this. Black Bart was such a fascinating character (he drank tea, not rum, by the way), and his story here is so well-written that I felt like I was on the ship with him! This book has all of the adventure and fun of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, so if you liked them, you'll love this for sure.