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By Jon Latimer

throughout the 17th century, sea raiders often called buccaneers managed the Caribbean. Buccaneers weren't pirates yet privateers, approved to assault the Spanish via the governments of britain, France, and Holland. Jon Latimer charts the exploits of those males who few ideas as they cast new empires.

missing potent naval strength, the English, French, and Dutch constructed privateering because the technique of holding their younger New global colonies. They constructed a kind of semi-legal deepest war, frequently conducted despite political advancements at the different part of the Atlantic, yet often 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 an international of madcap adventurers, daredevil seafarers, and unsafe rogues.

Piet Hein of the Dutch West India corporation captured, off the coast of Cuba, the Spanish treasure fleet, weighted down with American silver, and funded the Dutch for 8 months of their struggle opposed to Spain. The change from tobacco to sugar reworked the Caribbean, and everybody scrambled for a fast revenue within the slave alternate. Oliver Cromwell’s ludicrous Western Design—a grand scheme to beat vital America—fizzled spectacularly, whereas the awesome prosperity of Jamaica set England solidly at the highway to empire. The notorious Henry Morgan performed a dramatic raid in the course of the tropical jungle of Panama that led to the burning of Panama urban.

From the crash of gunfire to the billowing sail at the horizon, Latimer brilliantly conjures up the dramatic age of the buccaneers.

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