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

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Harcourt, 2007 - History - 383 pages
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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.

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

User Review  - Dan Norton - Goodreads

This book is a great place to start if you are looking to learn more about the Golden Age of Piracy. Woodard starts by giving some background on the pirate Henry Avery who operated from 1694 until ... 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  - Ken - Goodreads

I haven't read much work that was researched like this on Pirates. When The author writes that the dreaded Blackbeard didn't kill anyone and rarely injured anyone of the many ships he captured. But he ... 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.

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