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Real Life Pirates of the Caribbean

When Aug 25, 2011
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Many people have a fascination with seafaring outlaws that began with fictional characters such as Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island or the more recent movie adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. Or perhaps interest in pirates and piracy started with reading accounts of real-life figures such as Captain Kidd or Blackbeard.  In any case, the popular image of pirates can be usefully compared with the lives and culture of actual seafaring outlaws who plied their criminal trade throughout the Atlantic over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.    


Come to Decorah Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday August 25 to hear speaker Edward Tebbenhoff talk about the rise of buccaneering; the ships and seafaring culture of the period; authority, liberty and violence among pirates and the increasing military efficiency and reach of the early modern nation-state which eventually led to the end of widespread piracy in the Atlantic world.


Tebbenhoff received his Ph.D in American history from the University of Minnesota and has taught at Luther College since 1994. This talk is based on some of the materials he has used for a history course at Luther entitled "The Golden Age of Atlantic Piracy, 1500-1720." 


Call Decorah Public Library at 563-382-3717 for more information.