Pirates and Privateers in the 18th Century (Hardback)
The Final Flourish
Pirates and Privateers tells the fascinating story of the buccaneers who were the scourge of merchants in the 18th Century. It examines their lifestyle, looking at how the sinking of the Spanish treasure fleet in a storm off the coast of Florida led to a pirate’s gold rush; how the King’s Pardon was a desperate gamble – which paid off – and considers the role of individual island governors, such as Woodes Rogers in the Bahamas, in bringing piracy under control.
The book also looks at how piracy has been a popular topic in print, plays, songs and now films, making thieves and murderers into swash-buckling heroes. It also considers the whole question of buried treasure – and gives a lively account of many of the pirates who dominated the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of Piracy.
An interesting look at piracy during the 18th CenturyNetGalley, reviewed by Jules Ironside
Overall this is an interesting read, and a good starting point if you are interested in this time period.NetGalley, reviewed by Karen Duff (Educator