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The Pirates of Panama

Alexandre O. Exquemelin

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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

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Interesting! Exquemelin offers a really revealing contemporary history of the buccaneers. It's totally engrossing, horrifying, and sometimes even funny. It digresses almost immediately into anecdotes about plants and wildlife, but I love those narrow glimpses of life in the Caribbean. I love that I

The publisher was sued by Captain Henry Morgan (Yes, THAT Captain Morgan) for his portrayal in this book.

Repetitive with the looting and pillaging, and peppered with lengthy descriptions of new world fauna and fruit. But as far as first-hand accounts of piracy in its golden age, this is one of the oldest and best.

Esta pequeña joya cuenta las peripecias de un francés que fue al Caribe a traficar con esclavos en el siglo XVII y acabó siendo esclavo de los piratas de la zona, para luego acabar convirtiéndose en cirujano de los mismos piratas.
La obra fue publicada en Holanda y traducida del flamenco al castell

Hinsichtlich der Geschichte der Piraterie sehr interessant. Es werden einige berühmte Namen genannt wie Captain Henry Morgan (ich frage mich warum nach einer derart brutalen, menschenverachtenden Person eine Rumsorte bzw. überhaupt etwas benannt wurde). Mir war vorher nicht bewusst, dass ganze Städt

Very dry reading. While I tried to get through it, I ended up stopping at 47%.

Disturbing non fiction account of the lives of pirates in the Carribean, including Henry Morgan's sacking of Panama. Coupled with Marcus Reddiker's The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Peter Leeson's the Invisible Hook, and if you can ignore the brutality of it all, it's a fascinating look at the fou

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