The Sack of Panamá

The Sack of Panamá

Captain Morgan and the Battle for the Caribbean

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the five years leading up to pirate captain Henry Morgan's fateful Caribbean raid, in an account that offers insight into the experiences of both Spanish victims and Jamaican privateers. By the author of The Pirate Wars. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Captain Henry Morgan's capture of the city of Panamá in 1671 is seen as one of the most audacious military operations in history. In The Sack of Panamá , Peter Earle masterfully retells this classic story, combining thorough research with an emphasis on the battles that made Morgan a pirate legend.
Morgan's raid was the last in a series of brutal attacks on Spanish possesions in the Caribbean, all sanctioned by the British crown. Earle recounts the five violent years leading up to the raid, then delivers a detailed account of Morgan's march across enemy territory, as his soldiers contended with hunger, tropical diseases, and possible ambushes from locals. He brings a unique dimension to the story by devoting nearly as much space to the Spanish victims as to the Jamican privateers who were the aggressors.
The book covers not only the scandalous events in the Colonial West Indies, but also the alarmed reacions of diplomats and statesmen in Madrid and London. While Morgan and his men were laying siege to Panamá , the simmering hostilities between the two nations resulted in vicious political infighting that rivaled the military battles in intensity.
With a wealth of colorful characters and international intrigue, The Sack of Panamá is a painstaking history that doubles as a rip-roaring adventure tale.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312361426
Branch Call Number: 972.8702 EARLE
Characteristics: x, 292 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Notes: First published in Great Britain by Jill Norman & Hobhouse Ltd. in 1981


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Feb 15, 2018

Great book, reads like an adventure novel with lots of facts about the 17th century Caribbean privateers.


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ameysdad thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 31


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