The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

COLIN WOODARD is the New York Times bestselling author of The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Him Down and five other books: American Nations: A History of The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North AmericaUnion: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States NationhoodAmerican Character: The Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common GoodThe Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier and Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas. A longtime foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle he is currently State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald, where he won a George Polk Award and was a finalist for Pulitzer Prize. His writing has appeared in SmithsonianThe Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other national and international publications. He lives in midcoast Maine. Visit

Praise For…


"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)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156034623
ISBN-10: 015603462X
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: May 12th, 2008
Pages: 400
Language: English