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This book aims to portray an accurate picture of the pirates who sailed in the waters of the Caribbean and off the American coastline during the "golden age" of piracy and shows that the life of a pirate was nasty, brutish and short (with one or two notable exceptions). It traces the origins of piratical activity in the 16th century and examines the Boucaneer (Bucaneer) culture in Jamaica and Hispaniola. It details what drove individuals to a life of piracy, how they dressed, their weaponry, the ships they used and the codes by which they operated, for example, disciplinary procedures and the division of booty. It also catalogues the main characters active during this period: Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, Henry Morgan, Henry "Long Ben" Avery, Stede Bonnet, William Kidd, John "Calico Jack" Rackham and the female duo associated with him, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781855327061
ISBN-10: 1855327066
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 184mm x 5mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 30-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam is the chief curator at the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Center in Key West, Florida and one of Osprey's most popular authors.He has organised and researched a major pirates exhibition, which opened in 1997 and is currently touring the US. Angus McBride is a world renowned military artist. He has been illustrating for Osprey for over twenty years. Angus's recent books include Campaign 46 Lake Peipus 1242 and Warrior 21 Highland Clansman 1689-1746.

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