The History of the Buccaneers of America

TitleThe History of the Buccaneers of America
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1856
AuthorsExquemelin, Alexandre Olivier
Number of Pages398
PublisherSanborn, Carter, & Bazin

Buccaneers were a cross between genuine privateers, commissioned to defend a country’s colonies and trade, and outright pirates. Typically English, French, and Dutch adventurers, the buccaneers plied the waters among the Caribbean islands, and along the coasts of Central America, Venezuela, and Colombia more than 300 years ago. The Buccaneers of America is a remarkable eyewitness account by Alexander Exquemelin, first published in 1678. Alexander Exquemelin, thought to be a French surgeon who enlisted with the buccaneers for a time, chronicles the bold feats of these raiders as they disrupted shipping on the high seas and terrorized Caribbean settlements. Exquemelin provides fascinating details of the French presence in Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic), describes the features of that country and its inhabitants, and comments at length on the origin of the buccaneers, vividly recounting their rules of conduct and way of life. These bold plunderers come across as shrewd strategists, crack shots, fine navigators, wild debauchers, and greedy adventurers who frequently engaged in vicious acts of cruelty. [Library of Congress]

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