Fall Lecture Series: Black Flags, Blue Waters

Venue: 
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606

Admission

  • Guests: $$5
  • Members: $Free

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 the Indian Ocean. In this talk and slide presentation, best-selling 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. 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. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Black Flags, Blue Waters provides a wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.