Chesapeake Bay Oyster Wars

The oyster war in Chesapeake Bay as illustrated in Harper's Weekly in 1884. Harper's Weekly/Public domain

In the years after the Industrial Revolution and the Civil War, the oyster supply became so scarce that people turned to oyster piracy. The bloodshed peaked in the late 1800s, but the strife went on for almost 100 years.

Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, maritime history, American history, 19th century, pirates, U.S. history