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Daily Life of Pirates

Daily Life of Pirates

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Drawing on new research, this fascinating volume looks behind the myths to offer detailed insights into the real lives and activities of pirates--for better or worse--during the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean, from the mid-17th century to 1720.

Over the past decade, research in Spanish, French, and Dutch archives, as well as in traditional English repositories, has resulted in a clearer picture of the activities and lives of the pirates who roamed the seas during the "Golden Age of Piracy" from 1650 to 1720. That is the picture shared in Daily Life of Pirates. The book describes how pirates actually lived, touching on their food and drink, their hideouts, and their humor. It also examines their ships, weapons and seamanship, their plunder--and their use of torture.

The book's detailed coverage is made possible by newly uncovered interrogations of pirates and by official depositions given by their victims, both of which provide insights that go well beyond simple recountings of famous exploits. The result is a tantalizing, true picture of pirates' daily lives that reveals many surprising facts, such as the reality that most of their time was spent upon land as actual piracy was a seasonal occupation.

Author: David Marley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 01/16/2012
Pages: 312
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 9.39h x 6.36w x 1.19d
ISBN: 9780313395635

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 06/01/2012 pg. 73
Reference and Research Bk News 04/01/2012 pg. 43

About the Author

David F. Marley is an award-winning naval historian who has lived most of his life in Latin America. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Pirates of the Americas and Wars of the Americas: A Chronology of Armed Conflict in the Western Hemisphere, 1492 to the Present.

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