The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard

The Republic of Pirates

By Colin Woodard

  • Release Date: 2008-05-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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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.

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  • Wow...

    5
    By Spacewhale
    How have more people not read this book? I got it on paperback and because of my work I got on my iPhone too. Great book filled with amazing stories and interesting facts, a good to start off for those who are new to what pirates really where, as well as those who like stories of freedom, adventure, and hardships.

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