While researching The Republic of Pirates, I became interested in the legend of the Machias pirate fort, which has Sam Bellamy building a temporary base in Downeast Maine in April of 1717.
The story comes from the same source as so much of popular pirate history, the 1724 General History of the Pyrates. But is it true?
In today's Maine Sunday Telegram I dig into the legend, talk with other experts, and put forth the theory that the Downeast pirate lair may have been built, but by someone other than Bellamy. Dig in and see what you think.
For Republic of Pirates fans, look out this winter for "Crossbones," the forthcoming NBC drama based on the book.