The Buccaneer's Realm: Pirate Life on the Spanish Main, 1674-1688

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - History - 343 pages
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In 1674, it is three years since Henry Morgan’s pirates sacked Panama. England is now at peace with Spain, and soon France, Holland, and Spain will briefly be at peace among themselves. But soon buccaneers and their French counterparts, the filibusters, will seize the opportunity of material gain presented by the far-flung and failing Spanish Empire. And Spain will produce its own notorious pirates, whose depredations against the English and French will become legend. These men of opportunistic calculation and desperate courage live in a wilder, larger, and richer time and place than any other frontier in modern history—the Spanish Main. Unflinchingly, unhesitatingly, unabashedly, they will take to the peaceful seas for riches by force of arms. The world will witness piracy on a grand scale.

While Benerson Little’s previous work showed brilliantly how pirates actually plied their trade, The Buccaneer’s Realmfocuses on their cultural and physical environments. It describes not merely their deeds but their world—the New World of the Spanish Main and its many peoples, freedoms, dangers, and exploits that are the foundation of the Americas. A detailed and lively description of pirate life, it will especially appeal to readers with an interest in maritime, naval, military, and colonial history, as well as sociologists, anthropologists, and armchair adventurers.
  

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Contents

A Life on the Margins for Me
1
The Means of Freedom on the Main
13
Spain in the New World
21
Hunters Along the Main
39
Pirate Asylums and Sanctuaries
57
6 Muscovado Indigo and Urcas Not to Mention Sweet Virginia
73
Africa on the Main
83
The Sloop Trade
93
Keys Cays Isles and Inlets
201
Spain Strikes Back
207
A Pirates Life for Me
215
The ChassePartie
223
Buccaneer Organization
231
Captains and Their Vessels
235
Roving Books and Authors 16741699
243
A Boucanier Barbecue
247

The New England Connection
99
Faith Religion and Superstition on the Main
107
Wrecks Wrecking and Wreckers
115
The Sea Turtle Manatee and Seal
129
Native America Enslaved and Enraged
135
The Language of the Buccaneer
145
Sea Battles in the Great South Sea
151
Chirurgery Physic Diet and Health
159
Sex and Romance on the Main
165
18 Ladrones Ladrones Towns Plundered Lives Violated
171
Dueling and Swordplay on the Main
189
PiecesofEight PiecesofEight
249
Places Plundered 16741688
253
New World Exports and Plunder
255
Weights Measures and Containers
259
A Brief Glossary of Sea Terms
263
Notes
269
Bibliography
307
Index
325
About the Author
343
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About the author (2007)

Benerson Little was born in Key West, the son of a navy man. At age ten, he read "Treasure Island", which led him to explore the world of the pirate. He later became a SEAL officer and an analyst for the Naval Special Warfare Center Strategy and Tactics Group. Little is the author of "The Sea Rover s Practice: Pirate Tactics and Techniques, 1630 1730" (Potomac Books, 2005), "The Buccaneer s Realm: Pirate Life on the Spanish Main, 1674 1688" (Potomac Books, 2007), and "Pirate Hunting: The Fight Against Pirates, Privateers, and Sea Raiders from Antiquity to the Present" (Potomac Books, 2010). He lives in Huntsville, Alabama, where he teaches fencing.

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