The Republic of Pirates

The Republic of Pirates

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

Book - 2007
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The inspiration for the NBC series Crossbones . In the early eighteenth century a number of the great pirate captains, including Edward "Blackbeard" Teach and "Black Sam" Bellamy, joined forces. This infamous "Flying Gang" was more than simply a thieving band of brothers. Many of its members had come to piracy as a revolt against conditions in the merchant fleet and in the cities and plantations in the Old and New Worlds. Inspired by notions of self-government, they established a crude but distinctive form of democracy in the Bahamas,carving out their own zone of freedom in which indentured servants were released and leaders chosen or deposed by a vote. They were ultimately overcome by their archnemesis, Captain Woodes Rogers--a merchant fleet owner and former privateer--and the brief though glorious moment of the Republic of Pirates came to an end.In this unique and fascinating book, Colin Woodard brings to life this virtually unexplored chapter in the Golden Age of Piracy.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007.
ISBN: 9780151013029
Characteristics: 383 p. :,map ;,24 cm.


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SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

Woodard recounts the true history of the heyday of piracy from 1696–1732, which reached its apex from 1715–1725 with the takeover of Nassau in the Bahamas. From this anarchic base several infamous pirate captains menaced the Caribbean and Eastern Seaboard: Black Sam Bellamy, Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch, and Charles Vane. Woodard also follows Woodes Rogers, the former privateer who ultimately recaptured Nassau and ushered in the end of this republic of pirates. As a history, it's definitely of the "This happened, then this happened" school; I would have liked to see more exploration of the pirates' legacy and Woodard's claim that the pirate republic helped inspire democracy and the American Revolution. Nevertheless it's highly readable, with plenty of gritty detail and daring sea battles.

Tyler J Lines
Feb 17, 2012

Loving it so far

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