How History's Greatest Pirates Pillaged, Plundered, and Got Away With It: The Stories, Techniques, and Tactics of the Most Feared Sea Rovers from 1500-1800

Fair Winds Press
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Not simple retellings of the tried and true stories of buccaneers on the high seas, this book focuses on how pirating tactics of the 1500s through 1800s to give the reader a view of how pirates functioned through history. Readers will follow eighteen of the most famous pirates in detail as they raid major ships and pillage coastal villages. Readers will learn how the pirates approached such invasions and how they managed to elude authorities and sometimes whole navies. With archival images gathered from around the world. Each chapter is a stand-alone story about a famous buccaneer and follows them moment by moment on a specific attack as an example of their greater techniques and tactics for plundering. Readers will follow the characters in live action and trace their movements in real time; a recreation of the action based on the historic information available.
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DIVBenerson Little is the author of the forthcoming Pirate Hunting (March 2010), and has written The Buccaneer’s Realm, a look at the world of buccaneers in the 1600s, and The Sea Rover’s Practice, a look at how pirates and privateers practiced their trade. Little is a former Navy SEAL, and now works as a writer and consultant in several areas with an emphasis on maritime and naval issues, particularly maritime threat and security. He has appeared in two television documentaries on piracy and has advised on several. He lives in Huntsville, Alabama, and in his spare time he teaches modern fencing, researches historical fencing, and works on contemporary and historical novels./div
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Publisher
Fair Winds Press
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Published on
Dec 1, 2010
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781610595001
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Language
English
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Genres
History / General
History / Modern / 16th Century
History / Modern / 17th Century
History / Modern / 18th Century
History / Modern / 19th Century
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For thousands of years, pirates have terrorized the ocean voyager and the coastal inhabitant, plundered ship and shore, and wrought havoc on the lives and livelihoods of rich and poor alike. Around these desperate men has grown a body of myths and legends—fascinating tales that today strongly influence our notions of pirates and piracy. Most of these myths derive from the pirates of the “Golden Age,” from roughly 1655 to 1725. This was the age of the Spanish Main, of Henry Morgan and Blackbeard, of Bartholomew Sharp and Bartholomew Roberts.

The history of pirate myth is rich in action, at sea and ashore. However, the truth is far more interesting. In The Golden Age of Piracy, expert pirate historian Benerson Little debunks more than a dozen pirate myths that derive from this era—from the flying of the Jolly Roger to the burying of treasure, from walking the plank to the staging of epic sea battles—and shows that the truth is far more fascinating and disturbing than the romanticized legends.

Among Little’s revelations are that pirates of the Golden Age never made their captives walk the plank and that they, instead, were subject to horrendous torture, such as being burned or hung by their arms. Likewise, epic sea battles involving pirates were fairly rare because most prey surrendered immediately.

The stories are real and are drawn heavily from primary sources. Complementing them are colorful images of flags, ships, and buccaneers based on eyewitness accounts.

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