C. Pirates, Guns, and Empires, Scott Sowerby, Associate Professor, History, Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Pirates have long captured our imaginations. From Long John Silver to Captain Jack Sparrow, stories of pirates have been the source material for novels, films, and tales of romance and adventure. But what were pirates really like? This course will consider the history of piracy in the Caribbean during the early modern period, beginning with the arrival of the Spanish and ending in the early eighteenth century. Along the way, we will examine maritime warfare, life on boa