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The Buccaneers of America (1678)

by Alexander O. Exquemelin

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Disturbing non fiction account of the lives of pirates in the Carribean, including Henry Morgan's sacking of Panama. Coupled with Marcus Reddiker's The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Peter Leeson's the Invisible Hook, and if you can ignore the brutality of it all, it's a fascinating look at the foundations of the self-organizing, democratic labour movement that would later develop in North America. Let no man be pressed into service. ( )
1 vote lritchie1150 | Jan 10, 2016 |
A period piece, no doubt about that!
If you needed a single source to rip off for adventure stories, well, this is your victim. We based a seventeenth century role playing game on it, and seldom needed anything else except stock market reports and "How to Sail" books. Read your child this book, and they'll be cured of pirates for life, or bent for a career of delinquency on the Stock exchange. I would not be without a copy of these publications.
Exquemelin published his book in 1682, in French and 1684 in English. Ringrose was a shipmate of Sharpe the privateer, and was killed during his second voyage, with Swan in 1686. His journal has been bound with the Exquemelin since the publication in 1685. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jun 12, 2014 |
This is a thick, hefty book. Full of the dastardly exploits of famous pirates, including Captain Morgan and L'Ollonais, it's marvelous history of those sea-dogs. It's a bit lengthy at points and can sometime get bogged down in minute details, but that doesn't detract from the overall story. Esquemeling probably sensationalize the details a bit, but the general story rings truth. This is considered the best historical accounts of pirates during the late 1600s, and one of the only ones told from an eye-witness. If you are a pirate affecinado, this is a must read. ( )
2 vote empress8411 | Feb 20, 2014 |
A terrific first-hand account of pirate life during the 17th century. ( )
  zenosbooks | Feb 26, 2009 |
Henry Morgan maintained this book was libellous, and I believe some modern scholars agree it may exaggerate the evil of some pirates, but it is still a basic source for piracy in the 17th century. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 5, 2007 |
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Alexander O. Exquemelinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brown, AlexisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frontignières, Jean deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Fascinating chronicle of the bands of plundering sea rovers who roamed the Caribbean and coastlines of Central America in the 17th century. Detailed accounts of shrewd and fearless men, excellent navigators, and blood-thirsty adventurers who frequently committed inhuman acts of cruelty — among them the infamous Henry Morgan.

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Fascinating chronicle of the bands of plundering sea rovers who roamed the Caribbean and coastlines of Central America in the 17th century. Detailed accounts of shrewd and fearless men, excellent navigators, and blood-thirsty adventurers who frequently committed inhuman acts of cruelty ? among them the infamous Henry Morgan.… (more)

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