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Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of the Most Notorious Pirates

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Westport Historical Society Annual Meeting

6:30 PM Thursday October 18 at the Shattuck Gallery, One Partners Lane, Westport

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates presented by Eric Jay Dolin

A short business meeting will be followed by a presentation by Eric Jay Dolin whose most recent publication explores the epic history of America’s most notorious pirates. Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, “Black Flags, Blue Waters” reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates’ manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

Suggested donation $5. For information contact Westport Historical Society at 508 636 6011 or

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