Arr, matey. Here be a true pirates tale.
In “Christopher Columbus, Spanish Jew”, the Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of July 3, 2014, a “Caribbean Republic of Pirates” was mentioned. Solid information on The Republic of Pirates is found in a book of the same name by Colin Woodard. (Harcourt, 2007)
Pirates such as Edward Thatch (“Blackbeard”, image above), Charles Vane, and their compatriots are ideological forebears of America’s founding fathers. If we had lost our Revolutionary War, George Washington would have been remembered as another Blackbeard. Consider this statement made by Samuel Bellamy (“Black Sam”) to a Captain Beer after Beer and his ship were captured:
“Damn ye, you are a sneaking puppy, and so are all those who will submit to be governed by laws which rich men have made for their own security, for the cowardly whelps have not the courage otherwise to defend what they get by their knavery. But Damn ye altogether! Damn them [as] a pack of crafty Rascals. And you [captains and seamen], who serve them, [as] a parcel of hen-hearted numbskulls! They vilify us, the scoundrels do, when there is only this difference [between us]: they rob the poor under the cover of the law… and we plunder the rich under the cover of our own courage.”
“Black Sam” Bellamy continued his outburst:
“You [Captain Beer] are a devilish consceint[ious] rascal, damn ye. I am a free Prince, and I have as much authority to make war on the whole world as he who has a hundred ships at sea and an army of 100,000 men in the field. And this my conscience tells me:… There is no arguing with such sniveling puppies who allow superiors to kick them about [the] deck with pleasure, and [who] pin their faith upon a pimp of a Parson, a squab who neither practices nor believes what he [tells] the chuckle-headed fools he preaches to.” (qtd. In Woodard, op. cit.)
Presaging the ideals of the American Revolution, the pirates in their heyday (1715 – 1725) governed themselves democratically, by vote, except in the heat of battle. Plunder was divided equally, unlike recently where the income disparity has been phenomenal. The pirate ship was multicultural, with no need for laws decreeing it must be so. Free blacks, mulattoes, and Indians shared fairly in the gain alongside their fellow pirates.
The pirates, in Woodard’s book, come across as less cruel than the “legal” governments of their enemies. The pirates did not hang people, although they did commit brutalities to force captured ship personnel to reveal hiding places. Except for Charles Vane, most pirates were not ferocious, sadistic monsters. And the common people often loved these “rogues.” They were “seen as heroes, men unafraid to seize the goods of wealthy men or to drink to the damnation of Britain’s so-called king.”
This last propensity, to detest King George I, supports David Hatcher Childress’s contention of Templar connections to the Caribbean Republic of Pirates. (See his book, Pirates & The Lost Templar Fleet.) When “Good Queen Anne” had died, James Stuart, the bloodline successor, was denied the throne. Instead, a German prince, George Ludwig, a distant cousin of Queen Anne, was maneuvered to the throne. This questionable Hanoverian line ruled Britain until 1901. James Stuart, of Scotland’s House of Stuart, connects with the lost fleet of the Knights Templar, which journeyed to Scotland following the suppression of the Templars in 1307. Blackbeard, possibly a mulatto, “appears to have declared war on the British Empire” and was using piracy and terror against it. The name of one of his vessels, “Queen Anne’s Revenge”, evokes the name of the last Stuart monarch and promises vengeance in her name against the Hanoverian dynasty. The Republic of Pirates corresponded with the exiled Stuart king and together they schemed a restoration of James to the throne.
The pirates often displayed a Skull & Crossbones flag, again connecting with the Templars who believed only a skull and two bones were needed to qualify for resurrection. The Catholic Church taught a bodily resurrection of man at the Last Judgment. But the Templars believed that only a skull and two bones were needed — hence their flag.
“Black Sam” Bellamy, he of the “Damn ye’s” against pious parsons and crafty rascals, had met and impregnated young Mary Hallett of Massachusetts in 1715, according to legend. He wanted to wed Mary, but her well-to-do parents were aghast. They would not permit Mary to take Sam, a penniless sailor at the time, as her husband. So Sam went to sea, unaware that Mary bore his child. She was said to have later been found hidden in a barn with a dead baby in her arms. Punished by a public whipping, Mary then “escaped to live a hermit’s life on the stark tablelands above the Atlantic beach.” Said to have gone mad, “there she roamed, scaring children, searching for [Sam] Bellamy…” And Sam, according to legend, did finally return to his beloved Mary. By now a successful pirate, “Black Sam” ordered his three ships to steer for Cape Cod. According to Eastham folklore, “his real aim was to reunite with young Miss Hallett and show her and her family just how much he had made of himself.” Crashed on the cliffs of Eastham during a terrible storm, Bellamy and his crew almost all perished.
(The above first appeared at my old Conspiracy Nation web site on August 9, 2008.)