Pirates of New England: Ruthless Raiders and Rotten Renegades

Pirates of New England: Ruthless Raiders and Rotten Renegades

by Gail Selinger

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Overview

Tales of swashbuckling adventure, murder, treachery, and mayhem!

One would be mistaken to think of pirates as roaming only the Caribbean. Pirates as famous as William Kidd and Henry Every have at various times plundered, pillaged, and murdered their way up and down the New England seaboard, striking fear among local merchants and incurring the wrath of colonial authorities.
Piracy historian Gail Selinger brings these tales of mayhem and villainy to life while also exploring why New England became such a breeding ground for high seas crime and how the view of piracy changed over time, from winking toleration to brutal crackdown. Included in this volume are:

  • Ned Low’s sadistic—at times cannibalistic—reign of terror on the high seas and his mysterious disappearance.
  • John Quelch’s defiant and unapologetic proclamations before being hanged in front of Boston’s crowds.
  • Henry Every’s daring attack on the Grand Mogul’s fleet, widely considered the largest maritime heist in history.
  • Pirates of New England opens up new chapters in the history of piracy, ones that you’ll come back to again and again—Welcome aboard!

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781493029303
    Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
    Publication date: 09/01/2017
    Sold by: Barnes & Noble
    Format: NOOK Book
    Pages: 224
    File size: 8 MB

    About the Author

    Gail Selinger is a maritime historian and pirate expert who served as a consultant on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels: Pirate Tech. Her commentary appears on the DVDs of The Princess Bride and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. She is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pirates and lectures on pirates and pirate history. She lives in Redlands, California.
    Gail Selinger is a maritime historian and pirate expert who served as a consultant on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels: Pirate Tech. Her commentary appears on the DVDs of The Princess Bride and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. She is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pirates and lectures on pirates and pirate history. She lives in Redlands, California.

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments ix

    Author's Note on Wages, Cost of Living, and Pirate Booty xi

    Introduction: The Evolution of Piracy xvii

    Chapter 1 Why Turn to Piracy? 1

    Chapter 2 The Allure of Pirate Life 13

    Chapter 3 Politics, Economics, and the Pirate Round 25

    Chapter 4 John Rhoades, Jurriaen Aernouts, and Peter Roderigo 33

    Chapter 5 Thomas Pound and Thomas Hawkins 41

    Chapter 6 Thomas Tew and Governor Benjamin Fletcher 55

    Chapter 7 Henry Every 69

    Chapter 8 William Kidd 85

    Chapter 9 John Quelch and Crewmates 103

    Chapter 10 Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy 115

    Chapter 11 George Lowther, John Massey, and Charles Harris 133

    Chapter 12 Edward "Ned" Low and Francis Farrington Spriggs 155

    Chapter 13 William Fly 173

    Appendix A The Complete Ship's Roster of the Adventure Galley 183

    Appendix B The Forgotten Ones 185

    Bibliography 189

    Index 191

    About the Author 199

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