PODCAST EPISODE

Caribbean Macaw - Pirates, #15 of 100 Bloody Objects

Bloody Violent History

03-05-2022 • 1 hr


1. Myth and romance  2.  Ancient world  3. Privateers  4.  Corsairs  5.  Famous Pirates  6.  State Pirates  7.  Modern Piracy  PS The Legends

Pirates have always captured the imagination.  And romance and myth surround them.  Yet the reality was often bleak and violent.  We have images of peglegs and parrots, but the story of piracy often ended at the end of a hangman’s noose and a rotting corpse imprisoned in a gibbet.  They were outcasts and run-of-the-mill criminals and many earnt a wage by working on occasion for navies and governments.

Certain factors helped the pirate:  lawlessness on land, availability of hidden harbours and a ready market for the goods they stole.  We remember pieces of eight and hidden treasure, but in fact the merchandise they looted and subsequently traded was usually more prosaic.  Figures such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack have featured in many books and movies.  Today there is still piracy, but it is oil tankers and container ships that are the target.  Piracy costs the world money and poses a challenge to governments.

So it goes,

Tom Assheton & James Jackson

talk@bloodyviolenthistory.com

See also:

YouTube: BloodyViolentHistory

https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/

https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.com

https://www.tomtom.co.uk

If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word

See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information