In Search of the Buccaneers

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In Search of the Buccaneers spans seventy years and takes the reader to a dozen cities in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico where the buccaneers, often legitimately equipped with royal commissions from French, English and Dutch colonial governors, assaulted the Spanish at sea and on land. It traces the evolution of the early boucaniers - hunters in northwest Hispaniola - to sea-roving buccaneers who lived by the convention "no purchase, no pay".By the mid-sixteenth century the enormous wealth Spain had extracted from her colonial possessions was becoming depleted. At the same time her European rivals sought to establish themselves in the Caribbean islands. It was buccaneering that allowed colonization to take root and thrive.This book is written not primarily for the academically-minded but for the history enthusiast with a lively interest in the Caribbean's colourful history and heritage.

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Anthony Gambrill has lived in Jamaica for almost fifty years and is the chairman of a leading advertising agency and magazine publishing company. In 1998 he received his Master's degree in History and Heritage from the University of the West Indies. He is a past president of the Jamaica Historical Society. His interest in the buccaneers he traces back to the acquisition of the 1684 English edition of Alexander Exquemelin's book Boucaniers of America. He is married to Linda, a children's book author, and has two daughters.

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"In Search of the Buccaneers is a great popular history of piracy in the Caribbean in the late 17th century, full of illustrations and atmospheric drawings." Toby Clements, The Telegraph "If you enjoy a history book that combines well-known and little-known facts, myths and romance, legendary villains and heroes and a dose of historical speculation, In Search of the Buccaneers is sure to bring history to life for you." Paddy Dalton, The Sunday Gleaner"

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