This book gives an accurate picture of the pirates who sailed in the waters of the Caribbean and off the American coastline during the 'golden age' of piracy between 1660 and 1730. It traces the origins of piratical activity in the 16th century and examines the Boucaneer (Buccaneer) culture in Jamaica and Hispaniola. It details what drove individuals to a life of piracy, how they dressed, their weaponry, the ships they used and the codes by which they operated. Whether viewed as villains or victims the Pirates were a major threat to shipping and commerce in the western Atlantic for more than 70 years.
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Table of Contents
Introduction · The Pirate Crew · Pirate Warfare · Pirate Dens · Pirate Plunder · Pirate Captains and Characters · Pirate Ships · Pirate Codes · Pirate Flags · Pirate Justice · Bibliography · The Plates