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Episode 57 – A Parcel of Thieves

Laurens de Graaf sought revenge after the attack on his plantation. He hunted two Spanish privateers in particular – Juan Corso and Blas Miguel. He would find them, but Spain was sending reinforcements to deal with the pirate menace. Transcript Sources Calendar of State Papers: Colonial, America, and West Indies…

Episode 56 – Armageddon

     In 1685 & 1686, in the West Indies, the English were hunting pirates and arresting any Englishmen that sailed under a foreign flag. The French were arresting pirates while reigning in their privateers. The Spanish had called an Inquisition to deal with the corsairs and were building mercenary…

Episode 55 – Twilight of the Buccaneers Part 3

      The Brethren of the Coast sail from Saint Dominique in one last flurry of high seas piracy. Are they the embodiment of Robin Hood? The Alamo? A metaphor for America? Maybe none of those. But their days of ruling the waves are finally at their end. Transcript

Episode 54 – The War of the Reunions

       Christmas, 1683. King Louis XIV invaded The Holy Roman Empire in a bid to claim the western bank of the Rhine. At that exact moment Laurens de Graaf attacked one of the jewels of the Spanish Empire. He was called a pirate despite his Letter of Marque,…

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,…