In this episode, we continue our tale of Boston in the Golden Age of Piracy, picking up at the end of the War of The Spanish Succession. Well learn about some of the most fearsome and notorious pirates in history, as well as one of the most ineffective. Well see how one of these pirates gave a founding father his start in public life, which US presidents great grandfather bought a former pirate as a slave, and what other presidents great grandfather decapitated a pirate with an axe.
Shiver me timbers! This is the first in a two-part series about Bostons role in the Golden Age of Piracy, from 1650 to 1726. A few pirates set sail from our city, some preyed on the shipping coming in and out of our port, and even more met their ends on the gallows in Boston. Well hear stories of daring raids and buried treasures, of mutiny, jailbreak, and double crossing.