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Ep07 – El Draque

   Francis Drake was the most famous and notorious mariner of his generation. In England he was a hero and respected navy officer. To the Spanish he was a loathsome pirate. Their conflict starts on the troublesome voyage of John Hawkins.

Ep06 – The Gentlemen Adventurers

The first months of Queen Elizabeth’s reign were some of the most dangerous she faced. She overcame those challenges with the help of a group of ambitious, talented and notorious sea captains. Together they set England on a path that…

Ep05 – Gloriana

&ntsp;&ntsp;&ntsp;She was called a Pirate Queen by the Spanish for daring to challenge their monopoly on The New World. She became a monarch to rival and eclipse the most powerful and influential in Europe, including her father. Her policies led…

Ep04 – Old Europe on Fire

   Religion and politics. Stick with me, this is all hugely important to the world and worldview of the Caribbean pirates. We discuss Martin Luther, the schism in the Catholic Church that led to Protestantism, the resulting political turmoil in Europe…

Ep03 – The Ocean Blue pt.2

     I finally get to Christopher Columbus. Somehow I manage to tie in little known historical curiosities like the Black Death, the Mongol Empire and the rise of the Ottoman Empire. We get to the Spanish colonization of the New World,…

Ep02 – The Ocean Blue pt.1

     The explorers that first crossed the Atlantic to explore and conquer the New World were birthed by a European continent simmering with religious strife and political tension. Less an episode about pirates and more a snapshot of 15th century Europe…

Ep01 – An Introduction

  Our very first episode. Before we dive into things, I wanted to take a minute to discuss the podcast, what we’ll be talking about, and give you a look into the kind of show this is going to be….