9780674034037-0674034031-Buccaneers of the Caribbean: How Piracy Forged an Empire

Buccaneers of the Caribbean: How Piracy Forged an Empire

ISBN-13: 9780674034037
ISBN-10: 0674034031
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Latimer, Jon
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 368 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674034037
ISBN-10: 0674034031
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Latimer, Jon
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 368 pages

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Acknowledged authors Latimer, Jon wrote Buccaneers of the Caribbean: How Piracy Forged an Empire comprising 368 pages back in 2009. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674034031 and 9780674034037. Since then Buccaneers of the Caribbean: How Piracy Forged an Empire textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.06 or rent at the marketplace.

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During the seventeenth century, sea raiders known as buccaneers controlled the Caribbean. Buccaneers were not pirates but privateers, licensed to attack the Spanish by the governments of England, France, and Holland. Jon Latimer charts the exploits of these men who followed few rules as they forged new empires.

Lacking effective naval power, the English, French, and Dutch developed privateering as the means of protecting their young New World colonies. They developed a form of semi-legal private warfare, often carried out regardless of political developments on the other side of the Atlantic, but usually with tacit approval from London, Paris, and Amsterdam. Drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs of such figures as William Dampier, Sieur Raveneau de Lussan, Alexander Oliver Exquemelin, and Basil Ringrose, Jon Latimer portrays a world of madcap adventurers, daredevil seafarers, and dangerous rogues.

Piet Hein of the Dutch West India Company captured, off the coast of Cuba, the Spanish treasure fleet, laden with American silver, and funded the Dutch for eight months in their fight against Spain. The switch from tobacco to sugar transformed the Caribbean, and everyone scrambled for a quick profit in the slave trade. Oliver Cromwell’s ludicrous Western Design—a grand scheme to conquer Central America—fizzled spectacularly, while the surprising prosperity of Jamaica set England solidly on the road to empire. The infamous Henry Morgan conducted a dramatic raid through the tropical jungle of Panama that ended in the burning of Panama City.

From the crash of gunfire to the billowing sail on the horizon, Latimer brilliantly evokes the dramatic age of the buccaneers.

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