Empire of Blue Water

Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign

Author: Stephan Talty

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780307382757

Category: History

Page: 352

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He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades—and brought it to its knees. Empire of Blue Water is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a twenty-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean in the service of the English became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish Empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World. Morgan gathered disaffected European sailors and soldiers, hard-bitten adventurers, runaway slaves, and vicious cutthroats, and turned them into the most feared army in the Western Hemisphere. Sailing out from the English stronghold of Port Royal, Jamaica, “the wickedest city in the New World,” Morgan and his men terrorized Spanish merchant ships and devastated the cities where great riches in silver, gold, and gems lay waiting. His last raid, a daring assault on the fabled city of Panama, helped break Spain’s hold on the Americas forever. Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, natural disaster, and a cast of characters more compelling, bizarre, and memorable than any found in a Hollywood swashbuckler—including the notorious pirate L’Ollonais, the soul-tortured King Philip IV of Spain, and Thomas Modyford, the crafty English governor of Jamaica—Empire of Blue Water brilliantly re-creates the passions and the violence of the age of exploration and empire. From the Hardcover edition.

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

Author: Eric Jay Dolin

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 163149211X

Category: History

Page: 400

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With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters vividly reanimates the “Golden Age” of piracy in the Americas. Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates’ manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

The Wonder Trail

True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World

Author: Steve Hely

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698404238

Category: Travel

Page: 336

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Steve Hely, writer for The Office and American Dad!, and recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America. Part travel book, part pop history, part comic memoir, Hely's writing will make readers want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots. The Wonder Trail is the story of a trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters. From Mexico City to Oaxaca; into ancient Mayan ruins; the jungles, coffee plantations, and remote beaches of Central America; across the Panama Canal; by sea to Colombia; to the wild Easter celebration of Popayán; to the Amazon rainforest; the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu; to the Galápagos Islands; the Atacama Desert of Chile; and down to wind-worn Patagonia at the bottom of the Western Hemisphere; Steve traveled collecting stories, adventures, oddities, marvels, bits of history and biography, tales of weirdos, fun facts, and anything else interesting or illuminating. Steve's plan was to discover the unusual, wonderful, and absurd in Central and South America, to seek and find the incredible, delightful people and experiences that came his way. And the book that resulted is just as fun. A blend of travel writing, history, and comic memoir, The Wonder Trail will inspire, inform, and delight. From the Hardcover edition.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire

Author: H. W. Crocker, III

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1596982837

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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The British Empire, ”the biggest empire in history”once ruled a quarter of the globe. It was built by an incredible array of swashbuckling soldiers and sailors, pirates and adventurers who finally get their due in H. W. Crocker III's panoramic and provocative view of four hundred years of history that will delight and amuse, educate and entertain. Strap on your pith helmet for a rollicking ride through some of history's most colorful events. Bet your teacher never told you: The Founding Fathers didn't rebel against British imperialism; they looked forward to the transfer of the great seat of Empire to America. The original Norman English invasion of Ireland was approved by the pope. Sir Charles Napier, commander in chief of the British Army in India, abolished the Hindu custom of widow-burning. Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer's hearts and minds counter- insurgency strategy was instrumental in defeating the Communists in Malaya. The breakup of the British Empire led Winston Churchill to conclude that he had achieved nothing in his life.

Empire

What Ruling the World Did to the British

Author: Jeremy Paxman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0670919608

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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From the bestselling author of The English comes Empire, Jeremy Paxman's history of the British Empire accompanied by a flagship 5-part BBC TV series, for readers of Simon Schama and Andrew Marr. The influence of the British Empire is everywhere, from the very existence of the United Kingdom to the ethnic composition of our cities. It affects everything, from Prime Ministers' decisions to send troops to war to the adventurers we admire. From the sports we think we're good at to the architecture of our buildings; the way we travel to the way we trade; the hopeless losers we will on, and the food we hunger for, the empire is never very far away. In this acute and witty analysis, Jeremy Paxman goes to the very heart of empire. As he describes the selection process for colonial officers ('intended to weed out the cad, the feeble and the too clever') the importance of sport, the sweating domestic life of the colonial officer's wife ('the challenge with cooking meat was "to grasp the fleeting moment between toughness and putrefaction when the joint may possibly prove eatable"') and the crazed end for General Gordon of Khartoum, Paxman brings brilliantly to life the tragedy and comedy of Empire and reveals its profound and lasting effect on our nation and ourselves. 'Paxman is witty, incisive, acerbic and opinionated . . . In short, he carries the whole thing off with panache bordering on effrontery' Piers Brendon, Sunday Times 'Paxman is a magnificent historian, and Empire may be remembered as his finest work' Independent on Sunday Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire and educated at Cambridge. He is an award-winning journalist who spent ten years reporting from overseas, notably for Panorama. He is the author of five books including The English. He is the presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge and has presented BBC documentaries on various subjects including Victorian art and Wilfred Owen.

Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740

Author: Mark G. Hanna

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469617951

Category: History

Page: 464

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Analyzing the rise and subsequent fall of international piracy from the perspective of colonial hinterlands, Mark G. Hanna explores the often overt support of sea marauders in maritime communities from the inception of England's burgeoning empire in the 1570s to its administrative consolidation by the 1740s. Although traditionally depicted as swashbuckling adventurers on the high seas, pirates played a crucial role on land. Far from a hindrance to trade, their enterprises contributed to commercial development and to the economic infrastructure of port towns. English piracy and unregulated privateering flourished in the Pacific, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean because of merchant elites' active support in the North American colonies. Sea marauders represented a real as well as a symbolic challenge to legal and commercial policies formulated by distant and ineffectual administrative bodies that undermined the financial prosperity and defense of the colonies. Departing from previous understandings of deep-sea marauding, this study reveals the full scope of pirates' activities in relation to the landed communities that they serviced and their impact on patterns of development that formed early America and the British Empire.

Cassette books

Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: N.A

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Caribbean Houses

History, Style, and Architecture

Author: Michael Connors

Publisher: Rizzoli Intl Pubns

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

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Traces the development of historically significant houses in the West Indies, dedicating chapters to key aspects of European and Caribbean history including the Spanish Antilles, the Dutch Leewards, and the French Lesser Antilles while offering insight into houses that combine European styles.

Library Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.



Erzähl ihnen von Schlachten, Königen und Elefanten

Author: Mathias Enard

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 382707505X

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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"Das Erdbeben von 1509 wird die Fundamente der Brücke Michelangelos zerstören. Enard zeichnet ein gelungenes Künstlerporträt und füllt dabei die wenigen Wochen aus, die in der Biografie des Künstlers weiße Flecken geblieben waren."(3Sat) Eine wunderbare Parabel über die Religions- und Zivilisationskonflikte, eine Parabel von ungebrochener Aktualität: den Bruch zwischen diesen zwei Welten hat es nicht immer gegeben, und es muss ihn, vielleicht, nicht für immer geben.

Höllentage auf See

In den Händen von somalischen Piraten - gerettet von Navy Seals

Author: Captain Richard Phillips,Stephan Talty

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641128641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Captain Phillips – ab 14. November im Kino Am 8. April 2009 wird der Albtraum eines jeden Kapitäns wahr: Um 7.30 Uhr Ortszeit wird das Containerschiff Maersk Alabama 300 Seemeilen vor der Küste Somalias von Piraten angegriffen. Um seine Crew zu retten, weist Richard Phillips die Männer an, sich in einer Kabine zu verstecken, und begibt sich freiwillig in die Gewalt der Piraten. Fünf Tage lang wird er als Geisel in einem Rettungsboot gedemütigt, gequält und gefoltert: vier Männer gegen einen, ein Kampf um Leben und Tod. Bis in der Dunkelheit auf einmal Schüsse knallen ... – Ein packender Countdown auf offener See: spannungsgeladen, actionreich, wagemutig. Captain Phillips fährt seit über dreißig Jahren zur See. Beladen unter anderem mit 17 Tonnen Nahrungsmitteln für das World Food Programme, führt die Route seines Containerschiffes diesmal von Salalah im Oman über den Golf von Aden und den Indischen Ozean nach Mombasa, Kenia. Die Fahrt verläuft friedlich, bis am achten Tag das Unglaubliche geschieht: Rasend schnell nähert sich ein vermeintliches Fischerboot. Mit einer langen weißen Leiter wird der Frachter geentert. Und vier mit Maschinengewehren bewaffnete Piraten stürmen an Bord. Ihnen gegenüber stehen der Captain und seine 20 Mann starke Besatzung – unbewaffnet. Ihre einzige Chance: Sie kennen das Schiff, die Piraten nicht. Vor allem begreift Captain Phillips eins: Dies ist der Moment, wo Willensstärke mehr zählt als jede Waffe.

Deep Sea

Eine Reise zum Grund des Ozeans

Author: James Nestor

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492967353

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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Ein Besuch der Apnoe-Weltmeisterschaft wird für James Nestor zum Beginn eines persönlichen Abenteuers: Fasziniert von der Kompromisslosigkeit dieses Sports, erlernt er selbst das Freitauchen. Und fortan zieht es ihn immer tiefer in die verborgene Welt der Ozeane hinab: Er besucht eine Forschungsstation 20 Meter unter der Meeresoberfläche, trifft renommierten Meeresbiologen bei ihrer Arbeit, schwimmt mit Walen und geht im U-Boot auf Tauchstation. Dabei entdeckt er einen unfassbar reichen Lebensraum, mit telepathischen Korallen, leuchtenden Fischen und rätselhaften Riesenkraken. Bis er schließlich den tiefsten Punkt der Erde erreicht – die absolute Grenze für Mensch und Technik. Eine grandiose Entdeckungsreise, die zugleich unseren Wurzeln nachspürt.

Die Bounty

die wahre Geschichte der Meuterei auf der Bounty

Author: Caroline Alexander

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783827001634

Category:

Page: 624

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Gute Prinzessinnen kommen ins Märchen, böse schreiben Geschichte

Von Olga, der Wilden, über Kaiserin Sisi bis zu Gloria von Thurn und Taxis

Author: Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641139848

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Es war einmal eine wunderschöne Prinzessin, die keine Angst hatte, sich die Hände schmutzig zu machen ... Dornröschen, Schneewittchen, Aschenputtel – Prinzessinnen sind die Heldinnen unserer Kindheit, stets tugendhaft und glücklich bis ans Lebensende ... Von wegen. Denn hinter den Palastmauern ging so Einiges vor sich: Intrigen, Giftmorde, Sexpartys und bizarre Schönheitsrituale. Dieses Lesebuch versammelt Geschichten von echten Prinzessinnen, die alles andere als märchenhaft sind. So z.B. von Olga, »der Wilden«, die mehr als 5.000 Menschen auf dem Gewissen hat. Oder von der afrikanischen Königin Nzinga, die sich einen Harem voller Männer hielt ...