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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.




Epidode 43 - Last Man Standing

The aftermath of the battle at Panama saw the pirates on the verge of internal conflict. They were brought together by the threat of Spanish warships and the death of a comrade. Their unity was short lived however, and a schism opens within their fleet.

Duration: 00:55:26

Episode 42 - The Extremest Hazard of Fire and Sword

The fleet of Captains Coxon, Sharp, & Sawkins makes their entrance into the Gulf of San Miguel. They engage in the vilest sorts of piracy, quarrel amongst each other, and finally make their way to Panama.

Duration: 00:51:55

Episode 41 - Those Who are Born to be Hang'd

After the sack of Santa Maria the Buccaneers make way down river toward the Southern Ocean. The crew of one unlucky canoe suffers three grueling days of trials and suffering.

Duration: 00:44:51

Episode 40 - The Sacred Hunger of Gold

The pirate fleet under John Coxon makes landfall in Darien to assault the Spanish Main. There they meet the Kuna people & King Goldencap, struggle across the isthmus of America and help the Kuna in their quest for justice.

Duration: 00:37:10

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.

Duration: 00:44:19

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.

Duration: 00:47:09

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 London.

Duration: 00:59:15

Episode 37 - Gentlemen and 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.

Duration: 00:45:14

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.

Duration: 00:48:29

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 first wave of Buccaneers.

Duration: 00:40:17

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.

Duration: 00:49:26

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.

Duration: 00:35:01

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.

Duration: 01:17:13

Episode 30 - Dictator of the West Indies

In the wake of the Spanish attack on Jamaica Captain Morgan is given command of all the forces Port Royal, Tortuga, and The Brethren of the Coast can muster. They came from every corner of the West Indies to join the greatest Buccaneer raid the world had ever seen.

Duration: 00:43:36

Episode 29 - Or Any Other Place

Captain Morgan returns to Jamaica and attempts to settle down and live a life of peace. The monarchs of England and Spain had other ideas and Morgan was forced to make a choice.

Duration: 00:36:20

Episode 28 - Deception

Don Alonso del Campo y Espinosa, an agent of the King of Spain, arrives in the Caribbean on the hunt for Captain Henry Morgan.

Duration: 00:54:13

Episode 27 - Wickedness

Captain Morgan returned home to Port Royal a hero. His home city welcomed his men with open arms, but international politics and the threat of Spain pushed him back out to sea. Disaster awaited him there.

Duration: 00:43:36

Episode 26 - Extermination

In the years after the Thirty Years War thousands of French sailors and refugees fled France in the wake of royal oppression. One of these young men, a promising Naval officer, found himself in Tortuga and joined the fleet of the Buccaneer's admiral, Francois l'Ollonais.

Duration: 00:35:35

Episode 25 - Pit Stop on the Continent part 2

From 1625 to 1648 Europe fought a general war that wouldn't be matched until the time of Napoleon. This war built the world that would forge Henry Morgan & the Buccaneers, and set the stage for the Golden Age of Piracy to come.

Duration: 00:40:06

Episode 24 - Pit Stop on the Continent pt.1

The Thirty Years War was the event that forged the world of Henry Morgan and the Buccaneers. We discuss the politics and conflicts that led to the war and the opening moves in one of Europe's most important periods.

Duration: 00:36:28

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