With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters vividly reanimates the Golden Age of piracy in the Americas.Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracys Golden Agespanning the late 1600s through the early 1700swhen lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton M...
|Title||:||Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
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Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates Reviews
A great history of the more well-known figures of piracy like Captain Morgan and Blackbeard. The book details the race for exploration between Spain and England and how each was affected by both political and economic motivations. Though it touches upon its application to modern day piracy, it does leave out some other influential pirates like Mary Read and Anne Bonnie. Still, a good nonfiction book nonetheless.
With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters vividly reanimates the “Golden Age” of piracy in the Americas.
“Swashbucklers along the Colonial American Coast”
This non-fiction book proves a pleasure to read, as it plows its way between the murky waters of pirate lore and seaweed swells of documented facts. Dolin presents a chronological history of piracy mainly in the Caribbean but also around Madagascar. You will sympathize with the Crown’s never-ending battle against privateers-turned-pirates (or perhaps not…), be scandalized by the brutality of many pirate captains, and vacillate with the colonists ...more
I picked this up as a light read between two weightier tomes and it was what I wanted. The book focuses on pirates from or who plied their trade in what would become the United States. It's a good narrative history and some of the tales are very memorable. It's not a deep dive, it's not an adventure tale, it's a nice easy read on an in interesting subject.
For five decades encompassing the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, pirates played an integral role in colonial history and life. Initially, they were welcomed, but as the years passed, what was once profitable coexistence became a dogged determination to eradicate these sea marauders.
Black Flags, Blue Waters presents the “celebrities” of this “golden age” of piracy with a narrowly focused lens. Most comparable volumes look at this historical period in a broad manner that encompas ...more