Pillaging the Empire Piracy in the Americas, 1500-1750

ISBN-10: 0765602571

ISBN-13: 9780765602572

Edition: 1998

Authors: Kris E. Lane, Robert M. Levine

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This introductory survey of maritime predation in the Americas from the age of Columbus to the reign of the Spanish King Philip V includes piracy, privateering (state-sponsored sea-robbery), and genuine warfare carried out by professional navies. Incorporating fascinating details, the book offers additional topical discussion on shipbuilding, sailors' diets, navigation, arms and armaments, and leisure activities.Lane's account of piracy draws attention to the impact of maritime predation on the Spanish Empire. He divides the narrative into six chronological chapters surveying the French, English, and Dutch predators and introduces familiar pirates such as Francis Drake, Piet Heyn, and Henry Morgan, as well as lesser known figures, including Ann Bonn and Mary Read, the only two female pirates on record. Lane's account preserves a sense of the outlandishness and excitement of the era.
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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Kris Lane received his B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1991, and his Ph.D in History from the University of Minnesota in 1996. Lane specializes in Colonial Latin American history, focusing mostly on mining in the Andes Mountains of South America. Lane's books include PILLAGING THE EMPIRE: PIRACY IN THE AMERICAS, 1500-1750 (1998) and QUITO, 1599: CITY & COLONY IN TRANSITION (2002). He also edited Bernardo de Vargas MACHUCA'S INDIAN MILITIA AND DESCRIPTION OF THE INDIES (2008) and DEFENSE OF THE WESTERN CONQUESTS (2009). Lane has also published articles on piracy, slavery, gold mining, headhunting, and witchcraft in colonial Ecuador and Colombia. His new book, COLOR OF PARADISE: COLOMBIAN EMERALDS IN THE AGE OF GUNPOWDER EMPIRES, is due out in 2010.

Spain and the Sixteenth-Century Corsairs: The Brothers Barbarossa and the Barbary Coast Corsairs, Jambe de Bois and the First Caribbean Corsairs, Contrabanding and the Treaty of Cateau-Cambrsis
Smugglers, Pirates and Privateers: The Elizabethans: West Country Slave-traders, San Juan de Ulua and Aftermath, Drake and Elizabethan Piracy, Elizabethan Privateers
From the Low Countries to the High Seas: The Dutch Sea-Rovers: Calvinism and Competition at Sea, Salt and Sovereignty in the Caribbean, Piet Heyn and the Dutch West India Company, Dutch Intruders in the Pacific
The Seventeenth-Century Caribbean Buccaneers: Renegades and Runaways on Hispaniola and Tortuga, Port Royal, Jamaica: Pirate Haven, Henry Morgan and the Treaty of Madrid, Buccaneers as Loggers and Privateers
Buccaneers in the South Sea: John Narborough and the Charlatan, Bartholomew Sharp: Pirate Captain of Last Resort, A Second Pirate Cycle in the South Sea, Grogniet and Guayaquil, 1687, Captain Franco, Shipwrecks, and Contraband
The Last Buccaneers and Pirate Suppression: The Buccaneer Denouement, Henry Avery and Captain Kidd, Treasure Wrecks and the Anglo-American Freebooters Conclusions
Appendix: Table of Early Modern Pirates and Contemporary European Monarchs
Glossary of Terms
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