The Republic of Pirates (Paperback)

Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down

By Colin Woodard

Mariner Books, 9780156034623, 400pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (7/31/2015)
Hardcover (5/1/2007)
Compact Disc (8/1/2015)
MP3 CD (8/1/2015)
Compact Disc (8/1/2015)
Compact Disc (5/1/2007)

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Description

 

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.



About the Author

COLIN WOODARD is the author of American Nations: A History of The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier and Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas. He is State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald, where he won a George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. His writing has appeared in Smithsonian, The Economist, the Washington Post, and many other national and international publications. He lives in midcoast Maine. Visit www.republicofpirates.net.


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

PRAISE FOR THE REPUBLIC OF PIRATES

"Fascinating . . . beyond rip-roaring adventure stories from the distant past, [the book offers] an opportunity to understand pirates as they truly were."—The New York Times Book Review

"It's a rollicking tale, filled with rich details of the lives of men who, for their own personal gain, challenged the spread of empires."—The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)