Topics Related to Pirates

When we last visited Stede Bonnet, he was in a bad way, injured and

On July 25, 1718,* Woodes Rogers arrived in the Bahamas as the islands’ first appointed Royal Governor. Piracy grew rampant in the untamed colony, and Rogers’ official mission was to stamp it out.

In March 1718, the HMS Phoenix arrived in New Providence carrying the King’s Pardon, and among the first to sign was none other than Blackbeard’s former commander Benjamin Hornigold.

The most prominent symbol for piracy in popular culture is a black flag decorated with the infamous skull and crossbones. This flag has been used within the mythos of pirates, both real and fictional, for over 300 years.

As the Age of Exploration brought more European powers to the New World, things started to get heated. By the mid-1600s, Spain had been in control of a large part of South and Central America, the Caribbean, and the southern parts of North America for over 150 years.

In the spring of 1717, Blackbeard had set up camp o