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PDF Û BOOK The Republic of Pirates À COLIN WOODARD À ❮Reading❯ ➵ The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down ➭ Author Colin Woodard – Goproled.co.uk The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose deThe untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the worldIn 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 piratesformer sailors indentured servants and runaway slavesthis 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 eual 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 Woodard states in his introduction that he intends to paint a picture of the Golden Age of Piracy the early portion of the 18th Century by focussing on four key figures Edward Blackbeard Thatch or Teach or Thache Benjamin Hornigold Charles Vane and their nemesis a prominent Bristol merchant's son turned pirate hunter Woodes Rogers That's exactly the book he produces weaving four biographies together to explain the circumstances that allowed the Golden Age to begin and that would eventually lead to its end Woodard draws heavily on contemporary sources like court records ships' logs a Boston newspaper and bits and pieces from A General History of the Pyrates published in the early 1700s though he freuently stresses that much within that book was apparently historically inaccurate when compared to his other legalistic sourcesFor the most part Woodard is pretty engaging and does a good job integrating those historical facts into a larger narrative that paints a thorough picture of the era Occasionally he seems to get a bit carried away leading to speculative sections that while clearly noted as such feel a little reaching At most though that's a minor uibbleI was disappointed with the relatively abrupt end to the book Unfortunately in setting out to follow the four men mentioned above Woodard runs out of steam and detail when they are for various reasons taken out of the picture Bartholemew Roberts described as taking over 400 ships barely gets a mention The female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny also get very little material despite records of their incarceration Perhaps it's just that there was not enough historical data for him to draw together an interesting narrative The only other negative point is that sometimes in the flurry of names being thrown around and the way the book jumps between multiple perspectives not to mention the ever changing allegiances of the various pirate groups it's easy to lose track of some of the less important playersI highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in the Caribbean pirates or the era in general as it also gives a remarkable insight into the slave trade European wars and rivalries of the time and early colonies in the Americas

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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 worldIn 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 piratesformer sailors indentured servants and runaway slavesthis 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 eual 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 Bought this as a gift for my Dad who loves all aspects of history but is just getting into the history of pirates The reviews were good so I thought he might like it Will update review once he's read it

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The Republic of Pirates Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them DownThe untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the worldIn 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 piratesformer sailors indentured servants and runaway slavesthis 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 eual 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 Like others who've read this book I read it because I'd watch Black Sails and realised I didn't actually know much about that period of time The book sets the scene of the age well and was a very easy read I read it in about three days on holiday I have a lot better understanding of how that age of pirates came about and then ended It does sometimes feel a bit choppy I felt I lost track of the people in it at times sometimes there's leaps in time that doesn't appear to match the amount you've read eg when Charles Vane and Rackham meet in prison two years after going their separate ways it was only a few pages after they'd split up I guess that there's gaps in the history and documentation that just can't be filled Despite that I'd definitely recommend the book It's one I'll read again in a few years