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

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - History - 360 pages

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 Realm focuses 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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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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