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The Buccaneer King: The Biography of Sir Henry Morgan, 1635-1688

by Dudley Pope

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1696 The Buccaneer King: The Biography of Sir Henry Morgan 1635-1688, by Dudley Pope (read 27 Feb 1982) I previously read three books by Dudley Pope and was rather impressed by them so I read this book. Morgan was a buccaneer, but Pope claims it is wrong to call him a pirate. Pope is biased in his favor and in favor of England. Sir Henry Morgan made great raids on Spanish towns: Villahermosa and Granada in 1663-1665; Puerto Principe and Portobello in 1668; Maracaibo in 1668-1669, and Panama in 1670-1671. The book really tells much interesting history, revolving around Jamaica in the 1600's. I kept thinking it is the sort of thing one reads on a Caribbean cruise, because it made me look at a Caribbean map more than ever. Central America and the Caribbean are much in the news these days and so in a sense the book is timely. I would like to read more on the subsequent history of Jamaica. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 14, 2008 |
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