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Eyewitness: Pirate

by Richard Platt

ISBN 0789460246 / 9780789460240 / 0-7894-6024-6
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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Discover the world of pirates -- from the cruel corsairs of the Mediterranean to the bloodthirsty buccaneers of the Spanish Main.

Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the dangerous and adventurous life of piracy, privateering, and buccaneering. Superb, full color photographs of weapons, ships, flags, maps, and treasure offer a unique and revealing "eyewitness" view of pirate life on the high seas. See a pirate's cutlass and pistols, a letter of marquee -- the pirate's license, a hoard of pirate treasure, a real pirate costume and the many different kinds of Jolly Roger. Learn how pirates attacked a Spanish treasure ship, why European kings and queens encouraged piracy, which Caribbean islands were pirate hideouts, what pirate ate at sea and why women pirates disguised themselves as men. Discover what kinds of ship the pirates sailed in, how governments tried to stamp out piracy and why skillful navigation was so important to pirates, and much, much more! [via]