By David Cordingly
From David Cordingly, one of many world’s greatest specialists on pirate historical past, and writer of the perennial favourite Under the Black Flag, comes the exciting tale of the guy who fought the genuine pirates of the Caribbean. Sea captain, privateer, and colonial governor, Woodes Rogers was once one of many early eighteenth century’s boldest and so much colourful characters. Pirate Hunter of the Caribbean is the definitive account of his really good life.
At a time while Europe’s maritime countries fought over islands and territories, and pirates and different scoundrels have been flourishing, Rogers sailed into the guts of the motion. In 1708, in the course of Britain’s battle with Spain, Rogers was once employed to guide a undertaking opposed to Spanish objectives within the Pacific. A fearless adventurer who misplaced his fortune as usually as his mood, he battled scurvy and hurricanes and mutinies—and alongside the way in which captured a treasure galleon and rescued the shipwrecked Alexander Selkirk, whose four-year ordeal on a distant Pacific island encouraged Daniel Defoe to jot down Robinson Crusoe.
When the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 ended in an explosion of piracy within the Caribbean, King George I appointed Rogers governor of the Bahamas. There he came across himself in command of a string of islands being plundered through raucous felons, from the infamous “Blackbeard,” who saved lit fits below his hat to offer himself a hellish solid, to Charles Vane, a very brutal pirate captain, to Anne Bonny and Mary learn, infrequent girl pirates who escaped the hangman’s noose in simple terms by means of revealing their pregnancies.
With wealthy and bright information and many motion, David Cordingly chronicles a rollicking event that's as interesting and gripping as any seafaring legend.
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