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The Pirate History Podcast

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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.Famous names like Captain Henry Morgan, Henry Avery, Charles Vane, Mary Reed, Anne Bonny, Black Bart Roberts, Ned Low, and Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach will rub elbows with Queens, Kings, Popes, rebellious monks, Caribbean Natives, African Slaves and notorious governors like Woodes Rogers.History, high seas adventure, myth and magic, voodoo, treachery, biography and freedom await.

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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.Famous names like Captain Henry Morgan, Henry Avery, Charles Vane, Mary Reed, Anne Bonny, Black Bart Roberts, Ned Low, and Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach will rub elbows with Queens, Kings, Popes, rebellious monks, Caribbean Natives, African Slaves and notorious governors like Woodes Rogers.History, high seas adventure, myth and magic, voodoo, treachery, biography and freedom await.

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In the Zone

By Pirate_Bobby - Feb 18 2020
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I love to listen to this podcast, because it makes my work day go great.

World History and the influence of pirates

By Aaah22 - Dec 18 2019
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What a fantastic story. If you are interested in world history, don’t miss this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

614 Ratings
Average Ratings
563
24
12
8
7

In the Zone

By Pirate_Bobby - Feb 18 2020
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I love to listen to this podcast, because it makes my work day go great.

World History and the influence of pirates

By Aaah22 - Dec 18 2019
Read more
What a fantastic story. If you are interested in world history, don’t miss this podcast.
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The Pirate History Podcast

Latest release on Feb 18, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 100 - The Story So Far part 1

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It's our 100th Episode! And it's 2019! The new year promises to be an exciting one for The Pirate History Podcast, and for our centenary episode I'm going to be cramming everything you need to know before we set out into two episodes. I hope it works.

Jan 04 2019

53mins

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Rank #2: Episode 66 - Swan Song

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1685 would be a reliable date for the end of the Buccaneer era of the Golden Age of Piracy. For the English pirates in the Pacific, they were fighting the last real buccaneer fight of their careers. However, buccaneering was, traditionally, a French occupation. The English were part timers. After 1685 most of them that chose to continue the trade would do so full time. Only now they wouldn't be privateers or Buccaneers, but outright pirates.

Apr 25 2018

54mins

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Rank #3: Ep03 - The Ocean Blue pt.2

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I finally get to Christopher Columbus. Somehow I manage to tie in little known historical curiosities like the Black Death, the Mongol Empire and the rise of the Ottoman Empire. We get to the Spanish colonization of the New World, the conquest of native peoples and the beginnings of slavery.

Mar 20 2016

44mins

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Rank #4: Episode 52 - Twilight of the Buccaneers part 1

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The Buccaneers of the West Indies didn't yet know it but their days were numbered. Their decline was caused by the fallout from their last truly great raid.

Jan 11 2018

1hr

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Rank #5: Episode 101 - The Story So Far Part 2

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Today we're continuing on our journey toward the Buccaneers. We're talking about the formative events of the early 17th Century, the events that will forge the first Buccaneers in the fires of war and strife.

Jan 22 2019

52mins

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Rank #6: Episode 115 - The Killing Time

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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.

May 08 2019

40mins

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Rank #7: Episode 112 - A Truly Moral Pirate

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We're discussing Apocalypse, allegory, the name Jacques, JRR Tolkien, and the actions of James Misson and the pirate ship Victorie on the west coast of Africa.

Apr 17 2019

35mins

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Rank #8: Episode 31 - Panama

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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.

May 11 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #9: Episode 102 - The Story So Far Part 3

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Today we follow an imaginary young man to the New World in the waning years of the 30 Years War. We discuss his struggles and slip into piracy as he arrives in the West Indies. Then we talk about the real world Buccaneers that lived similar experiences.

Jan 28 2019

46mins

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Rank #10: Episode 80 - Scourge of Christendom

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The defeat at Tunis was a major blow to Barbarossa, but he would retaliate with a scourge of piracy that dwarfed any that had come before. The Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor had to answer his challenge and did so in the last great sea battle fought with oars and galleys.

Aug 01 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #11: Ep04 - Old Europe on Fire

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Religion and politics. Stick with me, this is all hugely important to the world and worldview of the Caribbean pirates. We discuss Martin Luther, the schism in the Catholic Church that led to Protestantism, the resulting political turmoil in Europe and the effects on England. This conflict shaped the Old World and the New World and led to wars that employed some of the most notorious pirates of all time.

Mar 27 2016

46mins

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Rank #12: Episode 65 - Knavery

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1685 saw the last great, and ultimately failed, piratical raid of the buccaneer era. A multinational armada of pirates sailed for Panama bay to capture the Spanish Treasure Fleet and were defeated. The aftermath saw the fleet disperse along national allegiances. Today we look at the national loyalties that drove this division and how they were beginning to crumble.

Apr 18 2018

38mins

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Rank #13: Episode 136 - This Mad Crew

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The Cygnet now had a fleet of three ships, and were prepared to terrorize the East Indies. However, foul weather and internal tensions conspired to create very real problems.

Oct 29 2019

46mins

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Rank #14: Episode 145 - Before The Dawn

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In our lead up to the Nine Years War, we're talking about France. This is the early reign of King Louis XIV. That means the power struggles within the Bourbon Dynasty, Cardinal Richelieu, Cardinal Mazarin, a host of powerful women, and the Fronde.

Dec 26 2019

42mins

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Rank #15: Ep05 - Gloriana

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She was called a Pirate Queen by the Spanish for daring to challenge their monopoly on The New World. She became a monarch to rival and eclipse the most powerful and influential in Europe, including her father. Her policies led to England's status as a global naval power, established their New World colonies, and were the basis for generations of infamous men and women who would raise the black and fly under a pirate flag.

Apr 03 2016

38mins

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Rank #16: Episode 43 - Last Man Standing

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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.

Oct 11 2017

55mins

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Rank #17: Episode 114 - The English Monarchy Problem

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The English Monarchy has long been one of the most divisive and unifying institutions in the world. Its relationship with the English people has been difficult, and the monarchy has been challenged time an again by the English people. Today we look at that tumultuous history, and how that will impact our story moving forward.

Apr 30 2019

36mins

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Rank #18: Episode 48 - Winding Roads

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Today we follow almost a year in the life of William Dampier, John Cooke, & the fleet of pirates off the coast of Darien. They face storms, Spanish warships, hostile Indians, princesses, romance, arrest, uncooperative governors, and rank betrayal. They travel to nearly every island in the West Indies, and are faced with specters of the past.

Nov 30 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #19: Episode 137 - Escape From Cygnet

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We're covering almost a year in Dampier's life, and that of the Cygnet. It was a somewhat uneventful year, yet it brings us to the end of Dampier's career as a pirate.

Nov 03 2019

43mins

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Rank #20: Episode 103 - The Story So Far Part 4

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In 1655 the English invaded Jamaica, but the island almost immediately fell into drunken debauchery and piracy. In an effort to quell that trend the King sent over Christopher Myngs. But he and his lieutenants Edward Mansvelt and Edward Morgan turned Port Royal into the pirate capital of the West Indies.

Jan 31 2019

39mins

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