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Episode 53 – Twilight of the Buccaneers Part 2

Transcript Sources: Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe Or get a copy of the audiobook free at audible.com Calendar of State Papers: Colonial, America, and West Indies Buccaneers of the Caribbean by Jon Latimer Pirates of the Americas by David F. Marley The Pirates Pact by Douglas R. Burgess Pirates…

Episode 52 – Twilight of the Buccaneers part 1

The Buccaneers of the West Indies didn’t yet know it but their days were numbered. Their decline was caused by the fallout from their last truly great raid. Transcript Sources Calendar of State Papers: Colonial, America, and West Indies Pirates of the Americas by David F. Marley Buccaneers of the…

Episode 51 – Desperate Rogues

The summer of 1682 was a busy season for the pirates of the West Indies. Today we follow the cruises of Captain Jean Hamiln who defined that summer. We also take some time here at the end of the year to catch up with all the major pirates operating in…

Episode 50 – Violins and Trumpets

The French & Dutch defined West Indian piracy in the early 1680s. Three names in particular – Laurens de Graaf, Michel de Grammont, & Nicholas van Hoorn – were the titans of the era. Today we introduce them. Transcript Sources Calendar of State Papers: Colonial, America, and West Indies Pirates…

Episode 49 – Return to Jamaica

Today we return to a very different Jamaica to catch up with Sir Henry Morgan, Jamaican politics, and get a taste of what’s been happening while we’ve been following the pirates in the Pacific. Transcript Sources Calendar of State Papers: Colonial, America, and West Indies Pirates the Complete History from…

Episode 48 – Winding Roads

  Today we follow almost a year in the life of William Dampier, John Cooke, & the fleet of pirates off the coast of Darien. They face storms, Spanish warships, hostile Indians, princesses, romance, arrest, uncooperative governors, and rank betrayal. They travel to nearly every island in the West Indies,…

Episode 47 – Questions & Answers part 1

We continue on our journey across the isthmus alongside William Dampier, John Cook, & Edward Davis. They meet with an old companion, and somehow I wander into questions of identity, heroism, villainy, and ideals.

Episode 46 – Leave Takings

• Transcript via Google Drive We’re back in the Pacific this week with William Dampier, Lionel Wafer, John Cook, & Edward Davis. The ‘mutineers’ are on their way back to the isthmus and the Caribbean beyond when they encounter several setbacks that see their company tested and broken.

Halloween Special – Ghost Stories

This Halloween we delve deep into ghost pirates, ghost ships, and the role that myth and story have on our perception of history & the world around us. Sources Mostly Scooby-Doo

Episode 45 – Treasure Hunting

• Transcript via Google Drive The fleet of Bartholomew Sharp faced the worst challenges to date. They were thirsty, hungry, cold, and some men began to show signs of scurvy. Plus, they hadn’t been paid in months. The men were growing ever more angry and their Admiral needed to find…