Pirates: Fact and Fiction

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Pirates: Fact and Fiction traces the history of piracy from the Spanish Main, where Drake and the Elizabethan sea dogs plundered vast quantities of treasure from Spanish galleons returning to the Old World, to the China Seas where, in the early nineteenth century, the female pirate Ching Yih Saou commanded a fleet of over 800 junks. It examines the realities of pirate life through everyday items that would have been used by the pirates themselves--weapons, navigational instruments, charts--and, by contrasting ...
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Overview

Pirates: Fact and Fiction traces the history of piracy from the Spanish Main, where Drake and the Elizabethan sea dogs plundered vast quantities of treasure from Spanish galleons returning to the Old World, to the China Seas where, in the early nineteenth century, the female pirate Ching Yih Saou commanded a fleet of over 800 junks. It examines the realities of pirate life through everyday items that would have been used by the pirates themselves--weapons, navigational instruments, charts--and, by contrasting these with fictional portrayals and stereotypes, sets out to dispel some of the myths surrounding this perennially fascinating subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896600348
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.73 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

The Pirate Seas 6
Preface 8
Introduction 9
'Treasure House of the World': The Spanish Main 14
'Common Rovers upon the Seas': The Barbary Corsairs 46
'A Gold Chain or a Wooden Leg': Pirates in the Indian Ocean 66
'Great Robbers and Corsairs amongst these Ports of China': The Eastern Seas 102
A Pirate Miscellany 122
Index 126
Suggested Further Reading 128
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