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  - Andrew Staples - Goodreads

Readable and well-researched popular history of the Caribbean Golden Age of Piracy of 1715-1725. Makes the case for the pirates being an early modern democracy. Fascinating insight into the lives and ... 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  - Margaret - Goodreads

Overall good stuff, although the author's enormous hard-on for ships got annoying after awhile. But definitely gave me a much clearer idea of who pirates were and how they lived than anything else has ... 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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