Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries daring sea-rovers such as Francis Drake and Henry Morgan, armed with dubious letters of reprisal, wreaked havoc on Spanish treasure fleets hauling the gold of the New World across the Atlantic. The early 18th century, however, was piracy's golden age -- an age when notorious cutthroats such as Blackbeard and Bartholomew Roberts almost paralyzed Caribbean commerce. Mere mention of these murderous marauders sent a shaft of fear through the hearts of merchants and sailors.
As violently and quickly as they arose these blackguards and villains were ruthlessly suppressed, leaving nothing but tales of their infamous deeds to future generations. Illustrated with hundreds of historical images. By the author of the ebook exclusive Wanders & Nomads: True Stories of Wild and Eccentric Explorers in the Americas.