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The Pirate's Own Book

The Pirate's Own Book

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Historical overview of the major pirates and gangs throughout history.
Historical overview of the major pirates and gangs throughout history.

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THE PIRATES OWN BOOK
Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers.byCharles EllmsOriginally published 1837
 
 CONTENTS
PREFACE
 
INTRODUCTION
 
THE DANISH AND NORMAN PIRATES
 
ADVENTURES AND EXPLOITS OF CAPTAIN AVERY
 
HISTORY OF THE JOASSAMEE PIRATES
 
SKETCH OF THE JOASSAMEE CHIEF--RAHMAH-BEN-JABIR
 
LIFE OF LAFITTE, THE PIRATE OF THE GULF
 
THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN ROBERTS
 
THE LIFE OF CHARLES GIBBS
 
HISTORY AND EXECUTION OF THE SPANISH PIRATES
 
THE LIFE OF BENITO DE SOTO
 
THE ADVENTURES OF CAPT. ROBERT KIDD
 
BLOODY CAREER AND EXECUTION OF VINCENT BENAVIDES
 
THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN DAVIS
 
AUTHENTIC HISTORY OF THE MALAY PIRATES
 
THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN CONDENT
 
THE LIFE OF CAPT. EDWARD LOW
 
LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF CAPT. EDWARD ENGLAND
 
ACCOUNT OF THE LYNN PIRATES
 
HISTORY OF THE LADRONE PIRATES
 
THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN LEWIS
 
LIFE, CAREER AND DEATH OF CAPT. THOMAS WHITE.
 
LIFE, ATROCITIES, AND BLOODY DEATH OF BLACK BEARD
 
EXPLOITS, ARREST, AND EXECUTION OF CAPT. CHARLES VANE
 
 
THE WEST INDIA PIRATES
 
ADVENTURES AND EXECUTION OF CAPT. JOHN RACKAM
 
LIFE AND EXPLOITS OF ANNE BONNEY
 
ADVENTURES AND HEROISM OF MARY READ
 
HISTORY OF THE ALGERINE PIRATES
 
ADVENTURES, TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF CAPTAIN GOW
 
THE PIRATE'S SONG
 
PREFACE
In the mind of the mariner, there is a superstitious horror connected with the name of Pirate; and there are few subjects that interest and excite the curiosity of mankindgenerally, more than the desperate exploits, foul doings, and diabolical career of thesemonsters in human form. A piratical crew is generally formed of the desperadoes andrunagates of every clime and nation. The pirate, from the perilous nature of hisoccupation, when not cruising on the ocean, the great highway of nations, selects themost lonely isles of the sea for his retreat, or secretes himself near the shores of rivers,bays and lagoons of thickly wooded and uninhabited countries, so that if pursued he canescape to the woods and mountain glens of the interior. The islands of the Indian Ocean,and the east and west coasts of Africa, as well as the West Indies, have been their hauntsfor centuries; and vessels navigating the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, are often capturedby them, the passengers and crew murdered, the money and most valuable part of thecargo plundered, the vessel destroyed, thus obliterating all trace of their unhappy fate,and leaving friends and relatives to mourn their loss from the inclemencies of theelements, when they were butchered in cold blood by their fellow men, who bypractically adopting the maxim that "dead men tell no tales," enable themselves to pursuetheir diabolical career with impunity. The pirate is truly fond of women and wine, andwhen not engaged in robbing, keeps maddened with intoxicating liquors, and passes histime in debauchery, singing old songs with chorusses like"Drain, drain the bowl, each fearless soul,Let the world wag as it will:Let the heavens growl, let the devil howl,Drain, drain the deep bowl and fill."Thus his hours of relaxation are passed in wild and extravagant frolics amongst the loftyforests of palms and spicy groves of the Torrid Zone, and amidst the aromatic andbeautiful flowering vegetable productions of that region. He has fruits delicious to taste,and as companions, the unsophisticated daughters of Africa and the Indies. It would besupposed that his wild career would be one of delight.

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