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What Netflix’s “Lost Pirate Kingdom” got right (and wrong) about the Golden Age Pirates

I greatly enjoyed being an on-camera expert for Netflix’s hit docudrama series “Lost Pirate Kingdom,” which essentially tells the story of the Golden Age pirate gang related in my 2007… Read more »

Talking pirates on a forthcoming Netflix series

A few months before the pandemic struck I travelled to a Manhattan studio to film an hours-long interview with a British production company working on a documentary-drama on the Bahamas-based… Read more »

Talking pirates with Discovery’s “Expedition Unknown” (before the pandemic)

At the end of August, long before the new coronavirus infected its first human, I was in Paris talking with Josh Gates, host of Discovery Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” about the… Read more »

Talking the Republic of Pirates in, yes, Nassau, The Bahamas, Feb. 24

My third book, The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down is the most comprehensive, back-to-the-archives account… Read more »

In France

I’ve been in France this week. I can’t say too much about it, except that it involved a television shoot, the Museum of the Freemasons in Paris, and maybe something… Read more »

On Blackbeard, 300 years after his death, in the New York Times

Republic of Pirates fans take note: 2018 has been the 300th anniversary of Woodes Rogers’ landing at Nassau, marking the formal — if tumultuous and uncertain — end of the… Read more »

What did pirates look like? My Business Insider interview

The folks at Business Insider recently called to talk about what the Golden Age pirates really looked and acted like because, well, why not? The interview is up over at… Read more »

Talking pirates with Hilary Duff on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

In an unlikely development, I recently returned to Blackbeard’s Bath, North Carolina haunt to chat with actress Hilary Duff about one of her ancestors, the man responsible for the pirate’s… Read more »

Big in Japan: American Nations, now in Japanese

Just as my son’s first grade class was embarking on a unit on Japan a couple weeks ago, what should arrive at our front door but a package from Tokyo… Read more »

Speaking on Blackbeard and the pirates, seacoast Georgia, Aug. 17

For those in and near the Georgia seacoast, I’ll be speaking on Blackbeard and the golden age pirates this Thursday, August 17, at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society on St…. Read more »