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The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the… (utgåvan 2008)

av Colin Woodard (Författare)

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For a brief, glorious period in the early 1700s, the Bahamas was ruled by a gang of some of the most famous pirates the seas had ever seen. Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and their associates banded together to form a pirate cooperative, culminating in a form of government in which blacks were equal citizens, the rich were imprisoned, and common sailors could veto their captain's orders. At the height of their power the gang served Britain, France, and Spain from their New World empires. The Royal Navy went from being unable to catch the pirates to being afraid to encounter them at all, and the public embraced the pirates as folk heroes.… (mer)
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Titel:The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
Författare:Colin Woodard (Författare)
Info:Mariner Books (2008), Edition: First, 400 pages
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Good overview of the pirates, mainly in the Bahamas pirate republic around 1720, but also including their operations in Africa, the Indian Ocean, etc. There wasn't a strong message other than a bunch of stories about individual actions, and it fell into "x captured y and then used it to capture z" over and over again, but it does convey the overall arc of piracy. I didn't realize how much corruption/influence the pirates had over governments in certain areas, and how fluid the pirate/privateer/merchant status was. It was interesting how multiple complete general amnesties were offered, somewhat effectively. I was already aware of how pirate ships were largely democratic/meritocratic, vs. outright oppression on naval and merchant vessels, but I didn't realize the life expectancy of a sailor on a slave ship was approximately the same per voyage as that of the cargo. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Loved this book so much, almost packed the kids up and went sailing for a year to follow the pirates' history. Thoroughly researched, stunningly written as all of Woodard's books are, a joy to read. Felt like I was there with the pirates, and so did my middle school-aged sons. Outstanding! ( )
  KateHotchkiss | Sep 12, 2020 |
Amazingly detailed history of the golden age of pirates (early 1700s). A lot of names, places and dates, but you get the sense of what the era was like. ( )
  grandpahobo | Sep 1, 2020 |
I started out reading (and enjoying) this book but soon the repetition of meticulous detail (ship tonnages, how many cannons were on board, the number of sailors, types of cargo, etc.) had me skimming instead of reading, and I don't usually like to do that. Aside from being annoyed by meticulous details, I thought The Republic of Pirates was a well researched and informative book on the rise and fall of the Golden Age of Piracy.
  parloteo | Dec 21, 2019 |
Book explores a very busy time for pirates - 1700-1720+-. ( )
  addunn3 | Oct 18, 2018 |
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For a brief, glorious period in the early 1700s, the Bahamas was ruled by a gang of some of the most famous pirates the seas had ever seen. Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and their associates banded together to form a pirate cooperative, culminating in a form of government in which blacks were equal citizens, the rich were imprisoned, and common sailors could veto their captain's orders. At the height of their power the gang served Britain, France, and Spain from their New World empires. The Royal Navy went from being unable to catch the pirates to being afraid to encounter them at all, and the public embraced the pirates as folk heroes.

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