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Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Robert graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s Degree in education in 1978. He taught in the West Point public school district, West Point, VA for five years while completing his Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983.
In 1982, Robert entered the United States Marine Corps reserve and augmented to active duty in 1983. During his service, he became a military occupational specialty instructor and earned the designation of Master Training Specialist. Later in his career, he became the Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment at the same school where he had earlier instructed. He achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5 and retired after 31 years of service in 2013.
While researching information on the golden age of piracy, Robert realized that most of the publications on the subject were contradictory and even incorrect. This motivated him to write his currently soon to be released publication, A Pirate's Life in the Golden Age of Piracy.
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Think you know everything about Pirates? Think again! Fascination with Pirates has for centuries driven stories of heroic proportions—true, exaggerated, and imaginary. Legends of their high seas debauchery continue to inspire modern day books, movies, and groups, dedicated to acting out their past. Pirates are heroes to some and the lowest of crooks to others, but do we really know the truth?
The facts are that the historical record on pirates is vague, contradictory, and rarely accurate. Digging deep into the true history of Piracy and those who lived this life, Robert Jacob has unearthed a treasure of information that allows you to see, feel, and experience the true life and motivation of pirates in their Golden Age.
Come aboard and see what pirates actually wore, the type of ships they used, and how they planned and executed some of the most cunningly successful heists ever known. A Pirates Life in the Golden Age of Piracy will fascinate and transport you back in time with rich stories and visual accuracy. If you thought you knew all about pirates you’re in for some surprising revelations that will leaving you even more intrigued!
Florida has a long and rich history of pirates plundering its shores, cities, and shipping lanes. Tales of Florida pirates abound from Key West to Pensacola and from Miami to Jacksonville. But how much of it is true? Exaggerations of true pirate histories have been told and retold for centuries, giving rise to imaginary pirate heroes, and spawning sensational legends and myths.
Digging deep into the true history of piracy along the Florida coast, Robert Jacob has unearthed a treasure of information that reveals the truths, explains the legends, and identifies the myths about Florida Pirates from Sir Francis Drake to José Gaspar.
Come aboard and join Robert on a captivating adventure into the world of Pirate lore. Read about the type of ships they used, the support they received from governments, media's influence on the stories, and how pirates and privateers planned and executed some of the most cunningly successful heists ever known. Pirates of the Florida Coast will transport you back to old Florida and paint a vivid picture of piracy throughout the years. If you thought you knew all about the Florida pirates, you're in for some surprising revelations that will leave you even more intrigued!