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Buccaneers and Privateers

The Story of the English Sea Rover, 1675–1725

Richard Frohock

In the late seventeenth century, Spain dominated the Caribbean and Central and South America, establishing colonies, mining gold and silver, and gathering riches from Asia for transportation back to Europe. Seeking to disrupt Spain’s nearly unchecked empire-building and siphon off some of their wealth, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British adventurers—both legitimate and illegitimate—led numerous expeditions into the Caribbean and the Pacific. Many voyagers wrote accounts of their exploits, captivating readers with their tales of exotic places, shocking hardships and cruelties, and daring engagements with national enemies. Widely distributed and read, buccaneering and privateering narratives contributed significantly to England’s imaginative, literary rendering of the Americas in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and they provided a venue for public dialogue about sea rovers and their position within empire. This book takes as its subject the literary and rhetorical construction of voyagers and their histories, and by extension, the representation of English imperialism in popular sea-voyage narratives of the period. « less more »
University Press Copublishing Division / University of Delaware Press
Pages: 202
978-1-61149-387-0 • Hardback • July 2012 • $70.00 • (£47.95)
978-1-61149-521-8 • Paperback • May 2014 • $34.99 • (£23.95)
978-1-61149-388-7 • eBook • July 2012 • $34.99 • (£23.95)
Richard Frohock is professor of English at Oklahoma State University.
Chapter 3: Exquemelin in England: The Literary Transformation of Henry Morgan
Chapter 5: Reconsidering William Dampier’s Vision
Chapter 6: Consummate Privateers: Edward Cooke and Woodes Rogers
Chapter 7: The Return of the Buccaneer in the Voyage Narratives of Shelvocke and Betagh
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