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The Pirate King: The Incredible Story of the Real Captain by Graham A. Thomas

By Graham A. Thomas

A compelling new account of history's most famed pirate.

The Pirate King is the compelling actual tale of a Welshman who turned the most ruthless and brutal buccaneers of the golden age of piracy. the muse for dozens of fictionalized pirates in movie, tv, and literature—as good the namesake of 1 of the world’s most well liked rum brands—Captain Sir Henry Morgan used to be matchless between pirates and privateers. not like such a lot of his contemporaries, he was once no longer hunted down and killed or captured via the professionals. in its place he was once thought of a hero in England and given a knighthood and finally used to be made governor of Jamaica. As Graham Thomas unearths during this clean biography of this complicated and interesting personality, Morgan used to be a great army chief whose top motivation used to be to accumulate as a lot wealth as he may via sacking and plundering settlements, cities, and towns up and down the Spanish Main.

Featuring photograph debts of Morgan’s exploits, finally resulting in an remarkable upward push to strength and legitimacy, The Pirate King is a riveting learn guaranteed to develop into a key textual content in pirate literature. Thomas dispels myths and separates truth from fiction as he offers an fascinating new portrait of 1 of history’s such a lot compelling figures.

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Over the time of the occupation more and more prisoners would be brought into the town to be tortured and punished until they told the marauders where their wealth was hidden as ransom for their lives. Indeed, four prisoners had been freed by the occupiers to go out into the country and raise the ransom they wanted. These four prisoners returned with nothing, saying they needed more time. But the Spanish stalling tactics would work against them and many died of starvation. So the account goes. Who were they and who was their commander?

One key point is that Morgan always thought of himself as a privateer. He never embarked on an expedition without a commission from the government of Jamaica, no matter how tenuous that commission might be. History labels him a buccaneer, or a pirate in some cases, but he was, technically, a privateer. ’1 What do we know of Morgan? Certainly we don’t know what he looked like as there is no physical description of him, save for the one given by the physician attending him in the last months of life.

Submerged palms and battery casemates of Old Port Royal. 7. A drawing of Port Royal before the earthquake that destroyed it. 8. A closer view of the submerged remains of Port Royal. 9. San Lorenzo Fort as it is today. 10. King’s Square, St Jago de la Vega (Spanish Town), 1820–24. 11. The Golden Vale, Portland Jamaica, circa 1820–24. 12. Harbour Street Kingston Jamaica, circa 1820–24. 13. Bryan Castle, Great House, Trelawny, Jamaica, circa 1820–24. 14. The Bog Walk, circa 1820–24. 15. The Bridge over the White River, St Mary’s, Jamaica, circa 1820–24.

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