On the Spanish Main or, some English forays on the Isthmus of Darien


With a description of the buccaneers and a short account of old-time ships and sailors Sir Francis Drake was not reluctant to go outside the bounds of legitimate trade to attack and plunder the Spanish in the Caribbean. Nor was he reluctant to work with the maroons, black slaves escaped from the Spanish-held islands, in order to accomplish his monetarily-productive ends. Add to this mix the buccaneers, men who rebelled against authority and took to the waterways to plunder ships and ports around the Caribbean. The end result is a rousing narrative of depredations against the Spanish, the activities of renowned pirates such as Henry Morgan, and accounts of the lives and battles experienced by sailors of the 16th and 17th centuries. The author draws his information from primary and secondary sources, including Exquemeling's History of the Bucaniers of America and state papers. Graced with 22 illustrations (mostly locales and ships) and a fold-out map showing the early buccaneer cruising grounds of the Caribbean Sea.


John Masfield 

(1906), 2003, paper, index, illus., maps, 386 pp.

ISBN: 9780788422577