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Scourge of the Seas: Pirates in History and Today    NEW!

We will explore sea pirates in early history, then focus on the "Golden Age of piracy" (from the late 1600s to about 1730). Finally, we will talk about how pirates have changed over the centuries and the threats they still pose to today's maritime commerce. You will find out what the life of a pirate on the high seas was really like, and we will highlight some famous pirates such as Blackbeard, “Calico Jack” Rackham, Captain (Henry) Morgan, and Captain Kidd. We will also talk about women in piracy and government-sponsored pirates and will conclude by discussing the most successful pirate of all--not who you think. NOTE: suggested reading: 1. Under the Black Flag, by David Cordingly. 2. Pirates: Terror On the High Seas From the Caribbean to the South China Sea, ed. David Cordingly 3. Pirates: Scourge of the Seas, by John Reeve Carpenter.


Scourge of the Seas: Pirates in History and Today (HIST047) NEW!

  • Instructor: Michael Knapp
  • Day of the week: F, Times: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM. 
  • Dates: 3/5/2021 - 3/26/2021  
  • Sessions: 4      
  • Fee: $44.00     
  • Maximum Enrollment (we do monitor enrollment and when possible may add seats): 100
  • This course will be delivered in a "Distance Learning" format through Zoom.
  • Enrolled members will receive an enrollment reminder with the link: one week before the first class and one day before each class in this course.
  • *If you enroll in this course on 3/5/2021 you will need to contact the OLLI office to receive the link to join us online. 
  • Click HERE for Zoom Instructions and Tips.
  • *Our classes are not recorded due to copyright and privacy regulations. 

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