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PROPRIETARIES, PRIVATEERS, AND PIRATES: America’s Forgotten Golden Age By Baylus C. Brooks
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Scholars have usually treated all pirates as the same, regardless of class and education. Gentleman privateers and merchants from Jamaica, Bermuda, and other English cities of the West Indies,... More > however, varied in cultivation, education, land-ownership, and wealth with respect to common, poor pirates in the Bahamas, the quintessential “pirate nest.” A close study of the cultural landscape in early America reveals the basis for those differences. Early depositions of the events at the beginning of the Golden Age of Piracy (1715-1726) provide pertinent case studies illustrating that difference.< Less
Pirates & Slaves: Making America By Baylus C. Brooks
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Making America was a compromise between democracy and brutality – between pirates and slavers. Piracy was a business, long accepted as valid in America – arguably still accepted today.... More > America held onto it tightly. Once legitimized into a sovereign, slaving nation, piracy moved to the land and became a system of economics only slightly removed from piracy itself. It became our “Manifest Destiny” to spread it across the continent and, eventually the world. See how the Bahamas and its sister colony Carolina became the pirate stronghold that they did through neglect of its wealthy private owners - how pirates came to Carolina and developed a unique conservative ideology that survives today. See where American conservatism began – from New Providence to the Lower Cape Fear - enmeshed in the violent wilderness “beyond the lines of amity” – competition and sport, stealing treasure and burning ships - with Caribbean Buccaneers and Pirates of the Golden Age!< Less
Pirates & Slaves: Making America By Baylus C. Brooks
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Making America was a compromise between democracy and brutality – between pirates and slavers. Piracy was a business, long accepted as valid in America – arguably still accepted today.... More > Britain tried to end it, even tried to trick provincials into giving it up, but America held onto it tightly. Once legitimized into a sovereign, slaving nation, piracy moved to the land and became a system of economics only slightly removed from piracy itself. It became our “Manifest Destiny” to spread it across the continent and, eventually the world. Slavers fought a war that killed more than 600,000 Americans to maintain their unique brand of piracy or capitalism. Robber Barons used capitalism to monopolize and kill other businesses like pirates taking another ship. The reader can see where these ideas began – enmeshed in the violent wilderness “beyond the lines of amity” devolving human nature – competition and sport, stealing treasure and burning ships - with Caribbean Buccaneers and Pirates of the Golden Age!< Less
Captain James Wimble of Hastings, Sussex County, England: American Merchant, Founder, and Privateer By Baylus C. Brooks
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From the author of Blackbeard Reconsidered! James Wimble was best known for his map of the Lower Cape Fear Region in 1733, and especially for his final map of 1738. Wimble saved the fledgling port... More > town of Wilmington, North Carolina from certain ruin. As Alan D. Watson, in Wilmington, North Carolina, to 1861 put it, Wimble “no doubt was the prime instigator of the new town.” Londoners would remember him for his exploits as a privateer in the War of Jenkins Ear, in the 1740’s. Many of the British local “rags” describe him as taking prizes of great “burthen” and “rich cargo.” These exciting times for English readers proved less than exuberant for Wimble, however. What we know of him during that time mostly comes from British records. His wife died, he lost an arm to chain shot in 1742, and later, almost his life while chasing down a Spanish ship through the Florida Keys in a ship that he named “Revenge.” In his final days, James Wimble went back to London to engage in the timber trade.< Less
Brunswick Town and Wilmington By Baylus C. Brooks
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This story of Brunswick Town, the Cape Fear region’s first port city, provided a deep-water port that accommodated trans-Atlantic shipping on the only easily accessible river in the colony of... More > North Carolina. Contemporary accounts stated that it was like to be a “flourishing place,” while town lot sales reflected its profitability in 1731. However, Brunswick Town was not destined to remain and its founder, Maurice Moore and his family would suffer great economic trials as a result of the founding of Wilmington across the river. Gov. George Burrington's opposition to the Family was wholly political. Brunswick Town barely lasted until the American Revolution and today, remains only a vague memory. Baylus C. Brooks, author of Blackbeard Reconsidered: Mist's Piracy, Thache's Genealogy, delivers another brand new view of North Carolina's history!< Less
Heirloom By B.C. Brooks
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Life in early La Florida may not have been as history has been written. Native Americans from this region are said to have lived for centuries due to the inexplicable power of a mysterious source of... More > water. Early explorers went in search of this “Fountain of Youth” only to come back disappointed. It was hidden from their view by a aged tribe devoted to its protection. Young Lt. Stephen Hathorne, shipwrecked in Spanish La Florida in 1808 will discover the secrets of this tribe if he can survive the trip. Indeed, he discovers that he and his own family are responsible for their very existence! Traveling through threads of time's sensitive fabric, Stephen and his new-found love will have to face many dangers: pirates, zealots, slavers, and a madman from the future before they can find peace in the past. In this story, four time periods of the beautiful and exotic Floridian town of St. Augustine are explored. Although a sci-fi romance, lovers of history will be thrilled at the meticulous detail.< Less
Brooks of Stanly, Anson and Union Co, NC Family Documents By B.C. Brooks
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BOOK: Family Documents as collected by Rev. E.M. Brooks and transcribed by his grandson, Baylus C. Brooks. Also included are some photos, anecdotes and transcriptions of county records concerning... More > the Ezekiel Brooks trials.< Less
Brooks of Stanly, Union and Anson Counties, North Carolina Family History By B.C. Brooks
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FULL COLOR BOOK! Family History of the Brooks of Stanly, Union and Anson Counties, North Carolina with documents and notes pertaining to Ezekiel Brooks vs. Siddy Brooks along with letters, notes on... More > Confederate Brooks and packed full of photos from different branches of the family! There's family branches here from NC, SC, GA, AL, TX, and AR plus numerous tiny branches into many other states. This book is full color and kind of expensive, but it's worth it for the photos. It is basically the Brooks website in Coffee Table format. Give me some feedback if you think a black and white cheaper version is necessary and I will make it for you. My opinion on this book was that it just had to have color for the photos.< Less
Colonial Native Dispossession of North Carolina By Baylus C. Brooks
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This is a collection of primary source references concerning American native dispossession in Eastern North Carolina. This was a project for a class and is not complete by any means but, it is a... More > good start. Some interpretation of these records is offered.< Less
The Making of Jesus Knocking By B.C. Brooks
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The making of a stained glass window as constructed by B.C. Brooks Stained Glass Art Studio in Live Oak, Florida. The qualities of this window that make it special are nearly unique in the stained... More > glass industry, having been almost completely painted from top to bottom. This is the process by which it was made. The book is in color so you can see the beauty of the glass in the photos that accompany the written detail. This e-version sells for much less than the printed version.< Less