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Buccaneers and Privateers: The Story of the English Sea by Richard Frohock

By Richard Frohock

In the overdue 17th century, Spain ruled the Caribbean and primary and South the United States, constructing colonies, mining gold and silver, and collecting riches from Asia for transportation again to Europe. trying to disrupt Spain’s approximately unchecked empire-building and siphon off a few of their wealth, 17th- and eighteenth-century British adventurers—both valid and illegitimate—led quite a few expeditions into the Caribbean and the Pacific. Many voyagers wrote debts in their exploits, eye-catching readers with their stories of unique areas, surprising hardships and cruelties, and bold engagements with nationwide enemies. largely allotted and skim, buccaneering and privateering narratives contributed considerably to England’s creative, literary rendering of the Americas within the overdue 17th and early eighteenth centuries, they usually supplied a venue for public discussion approximately sea rovers and their place inside of empire. This ebook takes as its topic the literary and rhetorical building of voyagers and their histories, and through extension, the illustration of English imperialism in well known sea-voyage narratives of the period.

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