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Storms in the Age of Sail

  In light of the events on the Gulf Coast of Texas, this week we’ll be looking at tropical storms in and around the Caribbean during the age of sail. If you can support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, I urge you please to do so.

Episode 39 – Ne’er do wells of All the World

Two new pirate captains – Richard Sawkins & Peter Harris – join with the fleet of John Coxon & Bartholomew Sharpe. But only after a series of trials and tribulations. And then we explore a 300 year old conspiracy theory. Transcript via Google Drive

Episode 38 – Weeds or Hydras

After years of relative quiet a secret gathering of the West Indies’ most notorious pirates convened at Negril Bay, Jamaica. The Captains and crew met to embark on a daring and dangerous voyage that would make them wanted men from Port Royal to Portobelo, and from the East Indies to…

Episode 37 – Gentlemen & Scoundrels part 2

Sir Henry Morgan returns to Port Royal. It is a very different time, with very different people confronting very different challenges, yet Morgan navigates them all with the same daring he’s trusted for years. Transcript via Google Drive Sources Calendar of State Papers: Colonial, America, and West Indies The Pirate…

Episode 36 – Gentlemen & Scoundrels

June, 1674, Jamaica. An unassuming merchant vessel arrives in Port Royal bearing an unknown young man who will become one of the most famous Buccaneers, explorers, & naturalists ever to live. Today we introduce William Dampier. Transcript via Google Drive Sources Calendar of State Papers: Colonial, America, and West Indies…

Episode 35 – Assistance

The Dutch were the dominant sea power in the 1660s, and today we discuss the three most notorious Dutch pirates of the Buccaneer era. History has left their names behind, but in their day they were as feared as Morgan. The end of their story marks the end of the…

Episode 34 – By the Vanquished

Today we begin our multi-part look at the real pirates that were on the ground at Panama with Diego Lucifer, Captain Francis Witherborne, and Jan Lucas. We talk about their origins as best we know them, and their fates in the days following Morgan’s raid.

Episode 33 – Payment

Admiral Henry Morgan returns to Port Royal to find himself enmeshed in international relations. He returns to England and – though his freedom and life are at stake – becomes an essential cog in the high stakes world of courtly politics. Transcript via Google Drive  

Episode 32 – The Royal Perspective

The fate of Admiral Morgan, Governor Modyford, and the Jamaica colony was uncertain following the sacking of Panama, and it fell to King Charles II of England to make a judgement. Today we look at who he was, his religious affiliation, and the plans that Morgan put in peril.

Episode 31 – Panama

We explore Henry Morgan’s last great raid. Shipwrecks, dangerous jungle rivers, guerilla tactics, Indian attacks, beautiful maidens in distress, victory and betrayal. Blood and fire and plunder. Panama.