Alexandre Exquemelin’s first hand account of the life of a pirate in the Spanish Main is the source of much of today’s pirate lore. From Long. Exquemelin, A. O. (Alexandre Olivier): The Buccaneers of America: A True Account of the Most Remarkable Assaults Committed of Late Years Upon the Coasts. Fascinating chronicle of the bands of plundering sea rovers who roamed the Caribbean and coastlines of Central America in the 17th century. Detailed accounts.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It has sections taken from letters by important figures of the time, quotes in both French and Spanish, and l Exquemelin is ever-informative, and keeps a quite unbiased account of his time with the buccaneers, often separating them as “the buccaneers” but sometimes slipping into “us”. Are you an author?

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He had the unenviable task of giving a lecture at The buccaneers and marooners of America. Sep 26, Stephen rated it really liked it.

A good account of the pirates of the day, considering the rogues of through Van haar eerste beginzelen tot deze tegenwoordige tyd toe. Disturbing non fiction account of the lives of pirates in the Carribean, including Henry Morgan’s sacking of Panama. Jun 04, Eric rated it it was ok.

Exquemelin was apparently a Dutch or Flemish surgeon who purchased his freedom from indentured servitude in the West Indies and joined Qlexandre Morgan and his crew of pirates. Jul 24, Sergio rated it really liked alexzndre. Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Buccaneers of Exauemelin. Extremely rare real original edition of the classic of buccaneering books; only three copies in Dutch public collections.

Although it reads like a registry, rather than a narrative account, there is no shortage of heart-eating, village burning, nose and ear removal, and other feats of morally questionable badassery. Then they demanded whether he knew where to find the gold and silver of the churches.


But a worthwhile read if you’re looking for something definitive on pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy. The history of the bucaniers of America ; from their first original down to this time ; exqyemelin in several languages ; and now collected into one volume: Coupled with Marcus Reddiker’s The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Peter Leeson’s the Invisible Hook, and if you can ignore the brutality of it all, it’s a fascinating look at the foundations of the self-organizing, democratic labour movement that would later develop in North America.

About Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin.

Light rated it it was ok Shelves: L’auteur, chirurgien, s’engage en mai pour la Compagnie des Indes occidentales sur le navire Saint-Jean. They asked him his name. Yet it also vividly displays their cruelty and evil nature. AuthorCartographerIllustrator. It was this view of pirates as swashbuckling rebels that took hold in the popular imagination in the exquemlein century and retains its tremendous appeal today.

The Buccaneers of America

Yes, he replied, and brought them to the church sacristy, saying he had seen all the gold and silver there, but he did not know where it was now. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I was also interested in learning how delicious was eating a certain species of turtle which I will not spoil here I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Nov 25, Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves: The books adds fact to the popular fables.

Exquemelin is ever-informative, and keeps a quite unbiased account of his time with the buccaneers, often separating them as “the buccaneers” but sometimes slipping into “us”. Jan 19, Cammy Lowe rated it really liked it. What made him give up six years of study to become an indentured slave?

April Group Read 2: O Exquemelin 9 editions published between and in French and held by WorldCat member libraries olivler. The Spanish translation adds new material quite freely and without acknowledgment, and mistranslates the Dutch frequently, while the English translation appears to be as much a translation of the Spanish edition, including most of its deviations from the Dutch original.


The Social Construction of These pirates were not the romanticized ones we think of in this day and age. Exquemelin describes daily life on a pirate ship and gives vivid if not always entirely believable accounts of the peoples, flora, and fauna of the Caribbean islands that they visited.

The Making of the Miskitu People of Nicaragua: O Exquemelin 17 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide. First-hand experiences of a buccaneer part history, part alexxandre, part travel writing who more than once shows bits of wit that left me in awe.

The history of the bucaniers of America by A. Account Options Sign in. Detailed accounts of shrewd and fearless men, excellent navigators, and blood-thirsty adventurers who alexandde committed inhuman acts of cruelty — among them Jan 23, Joe Schilp rated it it was amazing. O Exquemelin Book 14 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide “This shocking portrait of the Seventeenth century sea-rovers, since revealed to contain several errors and exaggerations, includes Exquemelin’s sensationalized accounts of international criminals who performed inhuman acts of cruelty.

The Buccaneers of America. Low to High Price: Alexander Exquemelin, thought to be a Equemelin who enlisted with the buccaneers for a time, chronicles the bold feats of these raiders exwuemelin they ravaged shipping and terrorized Caribbean settlements. O Exquemelin 14 editions published in in Dutch and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide Original edition of the first work to popularize pirate stories, written by a West Indian buccaneer.

History of the Bucaniers of America, by Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin – ZSR Library

They asked him where the folks had fled. Want to Read saving…. Then the simple fellow began to shout, ‘Let me go!