Libertalia: Legendary Pirate Utopia


Captain Misson, as shown on a 1933 set of sea raiders trading cards issued by World Wide Gum Co. Public domain

Libertalia, which, in truth, may be completely fictional, is called a pirate settlement, though the man who spearheaded it claimed he wasn't actually a pirate. And it was set up as a sort of utopia, where men governed themselves, and every man was equal.

Holly's Research:

  • Rushby, Kevin. “Hunting Pirate Heaven.” Walker & Company. 2003.
  • Gosse, Philip. “The History of Piracy. Dover. 2007.
  • “The History of the Lives and Bloody Exploits of the Most Noted Pirates.” S. Andrus & Son, 1847. Accessed online: https://books.google.com/books?id=5GNGAAAAYAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Topics in this Podcast: pirates, 18th century, utopias