The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man who Brought Them Down

Front Cover
Harcourt, 2007 - History - 383 pages
26 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
13
3 stars
6
2 stars
3
1 star
0

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

User Review  - Luke Mccullough - Goodreads

A page turner, which is a bit of a feat for a history book, even if it is about pirates. The beginning of the book with the overview of the life of a sailor is one of the more fascinating parts, but ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Tim M. - Goodreads

A pretty fascinating exposition on the life and times of history's greatest pirates. I purchased this initially after reading an excerpt thinking it would be more of a literary non-fiction piece. That ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

COLIN WOODARD writes for the Chronicle of Higher Education and is the author of The Lobster Coast and Oceans End. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Bibliographic information