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A podcast about the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, the real men and women that threatened the trade and stability of the Old World empires, the forces that led them to piracy and the myths and stories they inspired.

A podcast about the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, the real men and women that threatened the trade and stability of the Old World empires, the forces that led them to piracy and the myths and stories they inspired.
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A podcast about the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, the real men and women that threatened the trade and stability of the Old World empires, the forces that led them to piracy and the myths and stories they inspired.

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English


Episodes

Episode 134 - The Hydrarchy

10/19/2019
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We're talking about ideas today. Concepts that were integral to pirates, pirate life, and the pirate code. In truth, these intertwined ideas served as a cornerstone - a Golden Rule - for the pirates. The Rule of the Sea.

Duration:00:37:31

Episode 133 - Our Business was to Pillage

10/15/2019
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We're setting out with the crew of the Pirate ship Cygnet on their first real cruise in the East Indies. Their first weeks proved to be a productive time, but they ran into certain complications that they did not foresee.

Duration:00:43:38

Episode 132 - General Rogueries

10/8/2019
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Life in Maritime Southeast Asia is dominated by the Monsoon. Powerful, prevailing winds that bring storms and facilitate trade. The sailors of Cygnet, facing monsoon season, had big decisions to make and short time to make them.

Duration:00:42:19

Episode 131 - A Seaman Bred

10/1/2019
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We're back with the crew of Cygnet, as they take their ease on Mindanao in the Philippines. However, under the tranquil surface, tensions are mounting.

Duration:00:39:46

Episode 130 - No Mercy

9/24/2019
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Today things get really dark. We're talking about the VOC, The Dutch East India Company, and their foundation in the Spice Islands. It's not a happy story - but it is a story that we need to know to understand the institutions that rule the world of the pirates.

Duration:00:45:10

Episode 129 - A Tempest Of Strange & Uncouth Violence

9/19/2019
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It's a dark episode today. Not as dark as it's going to get, but we're looking at the foundation of one of the most oppressive and unfeeling organizations in human history. Don't worry though, we will get to see some revenge in the near future.

Duration:00:33:31

Episode 128 - The Sea Without End

9/13/2019
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What makes a pirate? I would argue, more than the riches or drink, it was a sense of dispossession. A sense of disenfranchisement. Of having been, either literally or metaphorically, left behind. Today we explore just what they were left behind from, as we finish our look at the English East India Company.

Duration:00:39:18

Episode 127 - Secret Trades & Indian Riches

8/23/2019
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We're nearing the end of our look at the East India Companies and the beginning of the English Colonial Era. These institutions had rough and tumble beginnings, before evolving into the famed monoliths they would become. And I love rough and tumble beginnings.

Duration:00:32:16

Episode 126 - Pirates Inc Part 2

8/14/2019
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The Gentleman Adventurers set a trap for one of the greatest prizes ever captured. Madre de Deus will test their bravery, ruthlessness, and skill. It will also change England, and the world, forever.

Duration:00:34:23

Episode 125 - Pirates Inc Part 1

8/6/2019
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No organization, not the Armada de Barlovento nor the Royal Navy, terrified pirates as much as the East India Company. The Company was brutal, efficient, and merciless. Strangely, the company's roots were similar to those of the pirates themselves. Today we look at those roots.

Duration:00:36:07

Episode 124 - The Wild Wild East

7/31/2019
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William Dampier and Charles Swan go ashore on Mindanao to meet with the Sultan. However, things on the island are not exactly how they appear. Did I steal this title from a story about Indonesia I heard on the radio? Maybe.

Duration:00:36:14

Episode 123 - Den of Sin

7/23/2019
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'The Fleshpots of Asia' was a stereotype held for many years. The roots of that phrase and that stereotype come largely from the experiences of those who visited the East Indies during the Colonial Era, and had experiences similar to those that we will be exploring today.

Duration:00:39:47

Episode 122 - Cygnet

7/16/2019
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We get to meet the crew of a pirate ship. Not just the Captain and Quartermaster, but the real pirates. We talk about their jobs on board, their character, and the relationships on board.

Duration:00:32:24

Episode 121 - The Winds of Fate

7/9/2019
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We're taking our first steps into Southeast Asia through the eyes of Ferdinand Magellan. And the Dread Pirate Roberts. And one deadly rabbit.

Duration:00:38:03

Episode 120 - A Saturnalia Of Feasting & Lovemaking

7/4/2019
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This is sort of a time hopping adventure. We're looking at William Dampier in the East Indies alongside the story of Ferdinand Magellan. It kind of weird, but as an introduction to the Pacific we couldn't ask for better guides.

Duration:00:39:38

Episode 119 - The Spice Must Flow

6/26/2019
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When William Dampier arrived in the East Indies he found a world that had been forever altered by contact with Europeans. Today we talk about the voyages that initiated that contact. Those voyages would shape the political and economic face of the globe for centuries. I attempt to lighten the mood with really bad jokes.

Duration:00:45:23

Episode 118 - A Poor Meal

6/20/2019
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We're returning to the sea, and our overall narrative. This is the tale of William Dampier, Charles Swan, and The crew of Cygnet as they leave the Americas behind and sail west into the largest body of water in the world.

Duration:00:35:51

Episode 117 - An Auspicious Day

6/13/2019
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“I will make no concession. My father made concessions, and he was beheaded.” Those words were spoken by King James II of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. They proved to be the harbinger of three revolutions that would shape British society until this very day.

Duration:00:50:29

Episode 116 - The Merry Monarch

6/5/2019
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Who was Charles II, King of England, Ireland, & Scotland? His reign defined the era of the English Buccaneers, and his flaws were largely responsible for the growing division in British society.

Duration:00:47:19

Episode 115 - The Killing Time

5/8/2019
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The Stuart Dynasty was born in Scotland, but once they took the English throne, especially when Charles II was restored, they began to persecute their Scottish brethren. Today we look at Stuart policies in Scotland, and how they stirred the rebellious pot that was bubbling in Britain.

Duration:00:40:59