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Post Captain Woodes Rogers


From today's online Daily Mail the story of privateer Woodes Rogers. and the book itself which inspired the article, PIRATE HUNTER: The life of Captain Woodes Rogers

The article in the printed Mail, incidentally, is a two page spread and the book looks like a jolly good read.


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I flicked through a copy in a book shop last week and it looks like a decent read. Rogers has been crying out for a modern biographer - though Bryan Little's 1960s biography is very good. Those interested might also like to read Colin Woodard's The Pirate Republic.

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Thanks for your encouraging comments, Foxe ... and thank you for the book recommendation. I should certainly like to read both books.

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A good start in respect of Rogers is to read his own book "A Cruising Voyage Round the World" which is very good.


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Post A Pet Peeve
From the Daily Mail article: "Captain Woodes Rogers was a privateer - a pirate in all but name ".

"As a privateer, Woodes Rogers was bound by no laws beyond his own morality."

What complete and total nonsense.

I am so sick of privateers being called pirates. (It is a pet peeve of mine.) A privateer was a private warship authorized by a country's government by letters of marque to attack enemy shipping. A privateer was bound by the terms of the letter of marque. Privateering was an accepted part of international law until around 1850. Article 1 Section 8 of the US Constitution lists the issuing of letters of marque as one of the enumerated powers of Congress, alongside the power to declare war. The Constitution is not authorizing piracy.

Pirates are waterborne thieves and murderers. Yes, some privateers became pirates and many pirates pretended to be privateers. Nevertheless the terms are not synonymous.

And of course, the even headline "He beheaded Blackbeard" is simply wrong. Rogers did not behead Blackbeard. Blackbeard slipped out of the Bahamas to avoid Rogers. He was beheaded by Lieutenant Robert Maynard in a North Caroline inlet near Oracoke. Maynard had been dispatched by Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia, not Rogers.

I sincerely hope that the book is better that the execrable article describing it.


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Even a cursory glance at Blackbeard's history shows Rick to be spot on. This from the Boston News letter:

"Maynard and Teach themselves begun the fight with their swords, Maynard making a thrust, the point of his sword against Teach's cartridge box, and bent it to the hilt. Teach broke the guard of it, and wounded Maynard's fingers but did not disable him, whereupon he jumped back and threw away his sword and fired his pistol which wounded Teach. Abraham Demelt struck in between them with his sword and cut Teach's face; in the interim both companies engaged in Maynard's sloop. Later during the battle, while Teach was loading his pistol he finally died from blood loss. Maynard then cut off his head and hung it from his bow."

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