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The republic of pirates : being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down
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Being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down
383 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -370) and index.
Prologue : the golden age of piracy -- The legend (1696) -- Going to sea (1697-1702) -- War (1702-1712) -- Peace (1713-1715) -- Pirates gather (January-June 1716) -- Brethren of the coast (June 1716-March 1717) -- Bellamy (March-May 1717) -- Blackbeard (May-December 1717) -- Begging pardon (December 1717-July 1718) -- Brinksmanship (July-September 1718) -- Hunted (September-March 1720) -- Epilogue : piracy's end (1720-1732).
Draws on historical research to recount the exploits of the infamous "Flying Gang", a group of pirates who, in the early eighteenth century, banded together to establish a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas in which servants were free, blacks were equal, and leaders were chosen by a vote.