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

eBook - 2008
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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.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


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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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