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 pirates gold rush; how the Kings 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.
PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS IN THE 18TH CENTURY THe Final Flourish
An Intriguing Account of the end of what was known as the Golden Age of Piracy, giving case studies of both pirates and privateers, A privateer was a private person or ship that engaged in maritime warfare under a commission of war, this commission usually protected privateers from accusations of piracy.