The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down / Edition 1

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down / Edition 1

by Colin Woodard
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015603462X
ISBN-13:
9780156034623
Pub. Date:
05/12/2008
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down / Edition 1


 

The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world

In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates—former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves—this "Flying Gang" 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. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires, and for a brief, glorious period the Republic was a success.

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ISBN-13: 9780156034623
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/12/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 84,317
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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AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
Colin Woodard weaves together the lives of several significant pirates from what is known of their youth to how they came to be pirates along with the lives of a few of the men who came to hunt them down. This book covers the golden age of piracy and the republic they formed, spanning the years 1715 - 1725. Black Beard, of course, figures prominently. The beginning sections are a bit difficult because Woodard goes from one story to the next. However, as the book progresses, these lives come together and overlap. With history of the time leading toward the American Revolution, this makes quite interesting reading. Pirate sentiments were already predisposed towards a republic and shaped by their escape from the British Navy, and the rejection of the Hanoverian line. Whether you are familiar with the history of this time or not, this is an important account to read.
jea66 More than 1 year ago
It is a detailed history of the pirates primarily in north America and the Caribbean. If this is of interest it is worth the $$$.
J_Tinker More than 1 year ago
No Disney creations sing and carouse here. Woodard gives us the real stories about life among and against the Pirates of the early 18th century. They ranged from Bermuda to Nova Scotia, to Madagascar and even Cuba. Some were pardoned, some were hanged, all preferred the freedom of the pirate life. A narrative history, very readable, and fast moving.
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