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Empire of Blue Water: Henry Morgan and the Pirates Who Rules the Caribbean… (edition 2008)

by Stephan Talty

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Title:Empire of Blue Water: Henry Morgan and the Pirates Who Rules the Caribbean Waves
Authors:Stephan Talty
Info:Pocket Books (2008), Paperback, 352 pages
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Tags:history, biography, pirates, Henry Morgan, 1600s

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Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign by Stephan Talty

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One of the most fascinating books I've ever read. As gripping as a novel. A real page turner. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in pirates! ( )
  sarahashwood | Jun 22, 2018 |
Objective account of the career of Henry Morgan, pirate, privateer, lieutenant governor of Jamaica, model for Captain Blood, and posthumous rum salesman. “Larger than life” seems very trite yet very appropriate; Morgan managed to sack Portobello and Panama in the face of numerically superior enemy forces, and escaped from an inescapable ambush in Maracaibo Bay, seemingly just by believing he could. The other interesting character is the city of Port Royal, supposedly the wickedest city in the Western Hemisphere and inhabited by a variety of people eager to part successful pirates from their loot. Background includes the histories of 17th century Spain and England and the personalities of the major statesmen of both places. Author Stephen Talty introduces a fictional English pirate ordinary seamen to emphasize day-to-day pirate life was not all chests of doubloons and ladies of negotiable virtue; this doesn’t quite seem to fit in tone with the rest of the book, but isn’t really objectionable. Port Royal’s demise is Biblical, as the inhabitants get to discover why it’s a bad idea to build a coastal city on saturated sand in an earthquake and tsunami zone. Ironically, Morgan wasn’t spared, despite being deceased; compression waves popped his coffin out of the ground and the following tsunami washed it out to sea, never to be seen again. Perhaps he would have preferred it that way.


This would be a good book for younger readers enthused by Pirates of the Caribbean, as an example of how truth can be more exciting than fiction; you might want to be prepared to explain what a matelote is, though. ( )
  setnahkt | Dec 7, 2017 |
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  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
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  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
Well written and very interesting. ( )
  Michael.Xolotl | Nov 11, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307236609, Hardcover)

He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades—and brought it to its knees. Empire of Blue Water is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean.

Henry Morgan, a twenty-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean in the service of the English became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish Empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.

Morgan gathered disaffected European sailors and soldiers, hard-bitten adventurers, runaway slaves, and vicious cutthroats, and turned them into the most feared army in the Western Hemisphere. Sailing out from the English stronghold of Port Royal, Jamaica, “the wickedest city in the New World,” Morgan and his men terrorized Spanish merchant ships and devastated the cities where great riches in silver, gold, and gems lay waiting. His last raid, a daring assault on the fabled city of Panama, helped break Spain’s hold on the Americas forever.

Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, natural disaster, and a cast of characters more compelling, bizarre, and memorable than any found in a Hollywood swashbuckler—including the notorious pirate L’Ollonais, the soul-tortured King Philip IV of Spain, and Thomas Modyford, the crafty English governor of Jamaica—Empire of Blue Water brilliantly re-creates the passions and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.

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The real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a twenty-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean as a privateer in the service of the English became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish Empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World. Morgan gathered disaffected European sailors and soldiers, hard-bitten adventurers, runaway slaves, and vicious cutthroats, and turned them into the most feared army in the Western Hemisphere. They terrorized Spanish merchant ships and devastated the cities where great riches in silver, gold, and gems lay waiting. His last raid, a daring assault on the fabled city of Panama, helped break Spain's hold on the Americas forever.--From publisher description.… (more)

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