The Pirates' Pact The Secret Alliances Between History's Most Notorious Buccaneers and Colonial America

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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The Secret Alliances Between History's Most Notorious Buccaneers and Colonial AmericaWas classical piracy an earlier version of state-sponsored terrorism?Here's the story of how almost every well-known buccaneer of the "Golden Age of Piracy" enjoyed active sponsorship from England's governors in the American colonies- setting a pattern of official disobedience to the Crown that would ultimately contribute to the American push for independence. Relying on rare primary sources discovered in government archives in England, the Carolinas, Rhode Island, Jamaica, and elsewhere, Burgess combines true tales of derring-do with groundbreaking research in this fascinating history.

Author Biography

Douglas R. Burgess Jr. is one of the world's foremost authorities on piracy. He holds a J.D. with a concentration in International Public Law from Cornell University and a Master's degree in International Law with a concentration in contemporary high-seas piracy. An award-winning writer of short historical fiction and nonfiction, his writings on piracy have appeared in the journal Legal Affairs and have been quoted in the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Prologue: The End of Blackbeardp. 1
Enemies of the Human Racep. 12
Erring Captains: State-Sponsored Piracy and Its Aftermathp. 23
"His Majesty's Pleasure": Henry Morgan and Jamaicap. 44
Oddsfish!p. 63
The Pirate Cabalp. 78
King Baldridge and the Red Sea Piratesp. 95
Amity, Liberty, and Thomas Tewp. 106
Henry Every, "As Yet an Englishman's Friend"p. 129
Trials and Tribulationsp. 148
The Most Hated Man in Americap. 168
Nemesisp. 186
"Your Loving Friends"p. 198
The Despair of Lord Bellomontp. 219
"That Race of Wicked Men"p. 241
Sourcesp. 266
Indexp. 291
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