D.C. Mondays: Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay

Illustration of a pirate near a coastline
J. Basire, "Blackbeard the Pirate" (detail), c. 1726.


Join us online to learn the fascinating history of intrigue, plunder and illicit commerce raiding in the maritime communities of the Chesapeake Bay – from the golden age of piracy to Confederate privateers and oyster pirates. Author Jamie L. H. Goodall introduces infamous men like Edward "Blackbeard" Teach and "Black Sam" Bellamy, as well as lesser-known local figures like Gus Price and Berkeley Muse, whose tales of piracy are legendary from the harbor of Baltimore to the shores of Cape Charles.

About Jamie L. H. Goodall

Dr. Goodall is a staff historian with the U.S. Army Center of Military History. She has a doctorate in history from the Ohio State University with specializations in Atlantic world, early American and military histories. Her publications include an article in the Journal of Maritime History and Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars. She is currently working on a National Geographic bookazine on pirates and shipwrecks, as well as a book about piracy in the mid-Atlantic.

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included. 

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