Woodes Rogers

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Woodes Rogers (1679-1732) was a privateer turned administrator who was instrumental in the fight against piracy in the Caribbean when he served as Governor of the Bahamas (appointed 1717 and again in 1728). Rogers is also known for his three-year privateering voyage around the world (1708-11) and the well-received book which describes it, A Cruising Voyage Round the World.

More about: Woodes Rogers


  • 1679 - 1732
    Life of the privateer, navigator and governor of the Bahamas, Woodes Rogers.
  • 1708 - 1711
    The Englishman Woodes Rogers commands a privateering expedition that circumnavigates the globe.
  • Feb 1709
    Alexander Selkirk is rescued from the Juan Fernández Islands by Woodes Rogers during his privateering circumnavigation.
  • 1 Jan 1710
    The English privateer Woodes Rogers captures the Manila galleon Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Disengaño.
  • 1712
    Woodes Rogers publishes his account of his privateering circumnavigation, 'A Cruising Voyage Round the World.'.
  • 1717
    Woodes Rogers is appointed the Governor of the Bahamas for the first time.
  • Jul 1718
    Woodes Rogers arrives at New Providence to begin his governorship of the Bahamas.
  • 1721
    Woodes Rogers, former Governor of the Bahamas, spends time in a debtor's prison in England.
  • 1728
    Woodes Rogers is appointed the Governor of the Bahamas for the second time.
  • 15 Jul 1732
    Governor Woodes Rogers dies of ill health in the Bahamas.