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The Pirates of Panama

Alexandre O. Exquemelin

Book Overview: 

This volume was originally written in Dutch by John Esquemeling. It immediately became very popular and this first hand history of the Buccaneers of America was soon translated into the principal European languages.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .that, far from getting, they now are but poor in their trade. When the bucaniers go into the woods to hunt for wild bulls and cows, they commonly remain there a twelvemonth or two years, without returning home. After the hunt is over, and the spoil divided,[29] they commonly sail to Tortuga, to provide themselves with guns, powder, and shot, and other necessaries for another expedition; the rest of their gains they spend prodigally, giving themselves to all manner of vices and debauchery, particularly to drunkenness, which they practise mostly with brandy: this they drink as liberally as the Spaniards do water. Sometimes they buy together a pipe of wine; this they stave at one end, and never cease drinking till it is out. Thus sottishly they live till they have no money left. The said bucaniers are very cruel and tyrannical to their servants, so that commonly they had rather be galley-slaves, or saw Brazil wood in the rasphouses of Holland, than serve such barbarous m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Amazing depiction of pirates by a former pirate. A must read for those interested in pirates and their livelihood.

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Imprescindible crónica, prácticamente de primera mano, de la piratería caribeña en el siglo XVII

Excellent read. At times I was there in the Spanish Caribbean with them, fighting the English.

3.0 - In the original English translation of 1694, The Buccaneers of America tells the tales of plunder and cruelty of the Pirates. It was amazing how many of the West Indies islands were inhabited by the Spanish between their discovery in 1492 by Columbus and this writing in 1694. Plus the pure...more

This is a great read. It was supposedly written by another pirate. It mainly focuses on Sir Henry Morgan. Nice to read this story sounding as from somebody who was there or who talked to the pirates that were there. An astonishing tale.

A biographical work of pirates, especially Captain Henry Morgan, written by a pirate himself who witnessed and participated in their crimes. It gives accounts of the brutality and disregard for human life that they perpetrated on both the Spanish ships and common innocent people in their port tow...more

Loved this book supposedly written by a pirate about the life of other, contemporary, pirates. A little over the top, possibly fiction, but very entertaining to anyone who is interested in Caribbean history or pirates.