Blood and Silver: A History of Piracy in the Caribbean and Central America

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Signal Books, 1999 - Pirates - 230 pages
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In this new and original study of piracy, Kris Lane looks at the often mixed motives behind the phenomenon and the lives of those involved. Rejecting the romantic myth of the Elizabethan swashbuckler, he reveals a world of violence, hardship and fanaticism, in which self-enrichment was an obsession. From the first corsairs of the 16th century to the last of the buccaneers, he traces the rise and fall of a dangerous profession which encompassed slave-running, smuggling and ship-wrecking.
 

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Contents

Spain and the SixteenthCentury Corsairs
9
The Caribbean Basin in the Age of Piracy
17
Contrabanding and the Treaty of CateauCambresis
26
Cacafuego
44
Elizabethan Privateers
47
From the Low Countries to the High Seas Dutch SeaRovers
61
Maurice off the Philippines 14 December 1600
77
The SeventeenthCentury Caribbean Buccaneers
96
Buccaneers as Loggers and Privateers
126
Buccaneers in the South Sea
133
Grogniet and Guayaquil 1687
154
Equipment
164
The Last Buccaneers and Pirate Suppression
167
Treasure Wrecks and the AngloAmerican Freebooters
184
Conclusions
201
Glossary of Terms
214

Fort on Guadeloupe
98
Henry Morgan and the Treaty of Madrid
110

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