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

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

by Benerson Little

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Overview

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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ISBN-13: 9781612343617
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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: Pirates and Techniques, 1630–1730 (Potomac Books, Inc., 2005) and The Buccaneer’s Realm: Pirate Life on the Spanish Main, 1674–1688 (Potomac Books, Inc., 2007) He lives in Huntsville, Alabama, where he teaches fencing.

Table of Contents


Maps     xi
Preface     xiii
Yo Ho,Yo Ho: A Life on the Margins for Me     1
Water, Water Everywhere: The Means of Freedom on the Main     13
Biscayers, Indians, Africans, and Greeks: Spain in the New World     21
Boucaniers, Flibustiers, and Buccaneers: Hunters Along the Main     39
Petit Goave and Port Royal: Pirate Asylums and Sanctuaries     57
Muscovado, Indigo, and Ureas, Not to Mention Sweet Virginia     73
Slaves, Monopolies, and Maroons: Africa on the Main     83
Contraband Cargaroon: The Sloop Trade     93
Pirates and Puritans: The New England Connection     99
Gods, Devils, and Castaways: Faith, Religion, and Superstition on the Main     107
Lost Ships and Souls: Wrecks, Wrecking, and Wreckers     115
To the Slaughter, Gentle Beasts: The Sea Turtle, Manatee, and Seal     129
The Beginning of the End: Native America Enslaved and Enraged     135
Tarpaulin Cant and Spanish Lingua: The Language of the Buccaneer     145
Armadillas, Galleons, and Canoes: Sea Battles in the Great South Sea     151
Battle Wounds and Belly Timber: Chirurgery, Physic, Diet, and Health     159
The Torrid Zone: Sex and Romance on the Main     165
Ladrones! Ladrones! Towns Plundered,Lives Violated     171
Honor With An Edge: Dueling and Swordplay on the Main     189
Clean Bottoms and Lost Souls: Keys, Cays, Isles, and Inlets     201
Cannon, Sword, and Garrote: Spain Strikes Back     207
Yo Ho, Yo Ho: A Pirate's Life for Me     215
The Chasse-Partie     223
Buccaneer Organization     231
Captains and Their Vessels     235
Roving Books and Authors, 1674-1699     243
A Boucanier Barbecue     247
"Pieces-of-Eight! Pieces-of-Eight!"     249
Places Plundered, 1674-1688     253
New World Exports and Plunder     255
Weights, Measures, and Containers     259
A Brief Glossary of Sea Terms     263
Notes     269
Bibliography     307
Index     325
About the Author     343

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