The Governor's Mission

The setting: Early summer 1718, in the raucous Bahaman town of Nassau on the island of New Providence. Former privateer, circumnavigator of the globe, popular author, and now recently appointed "Captain General and Governor in Chief" of the British colony of the Bahamas (by His Majesty King George I), Captain Woodes Rogers has recently arrived.

His mission: To end the 50 year reign of the “infamous rascals" brazenly terrorizing international trade and acting with impunity in this “Republic of Pirates.”

His tools: Seven ships, 100 soldiers, 130 colonists, three Royal Navy vessels, and the “Kings Pardon.” Any pirate who accepts the Pardon shall be forgiven of all offences and be welcomed back into the community of God fearing, law abiding servants of the crown. Those who do not, shall be hunted down and face the gallows.

Until September 5th, however, (the deadline set by the king) Rogers will play the role of negotiator, preferring to reason with the pirates, rather than confront them. An uneasy peace exists on the streets of Nassau, while the pirates and the townspeople consider their options.

At Government House you will meet:

  • Members of Governor Rogers’ family and his household
  • Prominent members of the 130 recently arrived English, German and Huguenot colonists
  • Officers of the Royal Navy vessels and officers of the commercial ships in the governor’s flotilla
  • Local wealthy merchants, traders and plantation owners (who formally have quietly supplied the pirates and helped sell and distribute their ill-gotten gains, but who now wish to be on the good side of the presumed new power structure)