Pirates of New Spain, 1575-1742

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Courier Dover Publications, 2003 - History - 274 pages
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By the sixteenth century, Spain had acquired the lion's share of territories in the New World, with the rest of Europe eager to share in the flow of wealth from the newfound mines. Attempts at peaceful trade were rebuffed by Spanish colonial officials, and by 1540, piracy in the Caribbean had become a thriving trade. Freebooters seeking plunder cast their gaze westward, to the less-fortified Pacific coast of the continent. This captivating study traces the exploits of the Elizabethan pirates (most notably, Sir Francis Drake and the crew of the Golden Hind), Dutch raiders, mercentary buccaneers (the infamous Captain Morgan among them), and the incursions of English privateers and smugglers.
  

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Contents

PREFACE
11
THE WEST COAST OF NEW SPAIN
23
ELIZABETHAN PIRATES
57
THE PECHELINGUES
101
THE BUCCANEERS
135
ENGLISH PRIVATEERS AND SMUGGLERS
197
THE LAST PIRATES
229
GLOSSARY
245
BIBLIOGRAPHY
251
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