Newsletter – October, 2021

October Meeting

Monday, October 18, 2021

7:30 PM

Due to Governor Cooper’s order, we do ask that everyone who attends wear a mask.

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 7:30 pm, at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

This month author, Jeremy Moss, will speak to us on the amazing and true story of the Cape Fear’s most famous pirate. Using his book, The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet as a backdrop, Moss re-creates the lives and history of some of history’s most famous pirates, including the infamous Blackbeard.

Awash with myth-busting history, Moss tells the story of the real pirates of the Caribbean, sharing accounts of their daily life, social issues, natural disasters, political intrigues, bloody battles, and, of course, buried treasure, walking the plank, flying the Jolly Roger, pirate-speak and much more, all while weaving in interesting connections to the history of North Carolina and tying in lessons-learned from the research, writing and publication process.

How the unlikeliest of pirates came to stand among the New World’s most notorious and successful pirates.

Major Stede Bonnet was living the good life by the age of 28. Bonnet was a wealthy, well-married father of three children, and the family lived on a 400-acre estate on the lush Caribbean island of Barbados

Then Bonnet had a “humor to go a-pirating,” and left it all behind…

An heir to an established land-owning aristocratic family in Barbados, Major Stede Bonnet enjoyed luxuries equal to those of the finest houses in London. “A Gentleman of good Reputation” and a “Master of a plentiful Fortune,” he was given “the Advantage of a liberal Education,” but the call of the sea-and perhaps more significantly, the push of his obligations as a father and  husband cast Major Bonnet onto an unlikely and deliberate course toward piracy.

The Golden Age of Piracy. Through Bonnet’s story, Moss introduces the most notorious of pirates, including Charles Vane, Charles Condent (also known as “Billy One-Hand”), Robert Deal, “Calico” John “Jack” Rackham, Israel Hands, Benjamin Hornigold, William Kidd, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, and the pirate to whom Bonnet would forever be connected, Edward Teach or Thatch (infamously known around the world as “Blackbeard”). Follow Bonnet through his improbable and exciting journey in the Golden Age of Piracy.