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The Romance of Piracy: The story of the adventures, fights, and deeds of daring of pirates, filibusters, and buccaneers from the earliest times to the present day, E. Keble Chatterton


1 The Romance of Piracy: The story of the adventures, fights, and deeds of daring of pirates, filibusters, and buccaneers from the earliest times to the present day
E. Keble Chatterton
(1914) reprint, paper, index, 354 pp, Heritage Books
Pirates and acts of piracy were not limited to the Caribbean Sea and the 16th and 17th centuries, as we often think, but ranged far across time and place. The author describes the men of adventure who took to pirating in classical times around the Mediterranean Sea, and, later, the Vikings in the North Sea, the Algerian Corsairs, and the English who crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of (primarily) Spanish gold, as well as the pirates of Borneo and China. Biographical sketches of several well-known pirates are included: Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Captain Avery, Captain Kidd, and Paul Jones (who would later be best known as John Paul Jones, friend of Benjamin Franklin). In addition to these famous men, the story of one Aaron Smith unfolds as he, an innocent English seaman embarking on a merchant ship in 1821, is taken by pirates and abused by them. Smith turns to piratical actions to save his life, eventually makes his escape, and is charged with piracy by the High Court of Admiralty when he makes landfall in England in 1823; he was acquitted. A broad history of pirates and piracy that is informative and engaging.
C2298 
Price: 29.00 USD

 
On the Spanish Main or, some English forays on the Isthmus of Darien. With a description of the buccaneers and a short account of old-time ships and sailors, John Masfield


2 On the Spanish Main or, some English forays on the Isthmus of Darien. With a description of the buccaneers and a short account of old-time ships and sailors
John Masfield
(1906), 2003, paper, index, illus., maps, 386 pp, paperback, Heritage Books
Sir Francis Drake was not reluctant to go outside the bounds of legitimate trade to attack and plunder the Spanish in the Caribbean. Nor was he reluctant to work with the maroons, black slaves escaped from the Spanish-held islands, in order to accomplish his monetarily-productive ends. Add to this mix the buccaneers, men who rebelled against authority and took to the waterways to plunder ships and ports around the Caribbean. The end result is a rousing narrative of depredations against the Spanish, the activities of renowned pirates such as Henry Morgan, and accounts of the lives and battles experienced by sailors of the 16th and 17th centuries. The author draws his information from primary and secondary sources, including Exquemeling's History of the Bucaniers of America and state papers. Graced with 22 illustrations (mostly locales and ships) and a fold-out map showing the early buccaneer cruising grounds of the Caribbean Sea.
M2257 
Price: 31.00 USD

 


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