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Episode 19 – Talk Like A Pirate

Avast ye bilge lickin’ dogs! Talk Like a Pirate Day be comin’ quick me hearties! It’s time we talk arrr, timber shivering, plank walkin’ and pirate accents. And, of course, William Shakespeare. Obviously.

Episode 18 – Granada

Captain Henry Morgan, to the horror of his Governor and King, sails west into the Gulf of Mexico to raid the Yucatan peninsula. He sails the entire Caribbean coast of Central America raiding and pillaging all the while.

Episode 17 – Guns, Rum, Ships & Steel

We take a break from our story to look at the tools Captain Morgan and The Brethren of the Coast used on their upcoming raids. These are the ships, firearms and victuals that were the foundation of pirate life.

Episode 16 – Three Books (part 2)

The Buccaneers of America by Alexander Exquemelin is a firsthand account of one indentured servant that joined up with a Buccaneer crew out of Tortuga and served under Captain Henry Morgan. We look at the beginning of his story and…

Episode 15 – The Three Books (Part 1)

Okay – so it’s really only two books. We cover The English Book of Common Prayer, the English Civil War, and Oliver Cromwell. Then we talk about The English-American and Cromwell’s Western Design, including Thomas Gage, Diego Lucifer, and Henry…

Episode 14 – The New New World

  The Spanish Empire was in decline. The British & Dutch East India Companies spread throughout the world. In the West Indies the new European colonies brought slavery, luxury, and pirates. On the island of Tortuga buccaneers and puritans fight…

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Episode 13 – The World is Not Enough

  The years of raising tension between England and Spain, Elizabeth and Phillip, raise to a fever pitch. Sir Francis Drake continues his personal war, this time as the Queen’s Admiral. The fighting culminates in the climactic naval battle in…

Episode 12 – The Rising Tide

   The Sea Beggars embark on a war against the Spanish. Their fleets reign on the North Sea as they search for a port to call home. They ally with the English and Protestant French forces against the powers of Spain…

Episode 11 – The Sea Beggars

While John Hawkins was on his troublesome voyage in the Caribbean, Europe was sailing toward war. In the Low Countries their blossoming Republic was in a life or death struggle with their Spanish overlords. After suffering a serious defeat, a…