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The Pirates' Who's Who

Giving Particulars of the Lives and Deaths of the Pirates and Buccaneers

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Author: Philip Gosse
Published: 1924
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,450 / 268 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.5
LoC Category: AG
Downloads: 3,233
Added to site: 2006.10.18
mnybks.net#: 14992
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re, to put it mildly, of a buccaneering kind, although his late voyages were more nearly akin to privateering cruises than piracy. But if, during the reign of King Philip, a Spaniard had been asked if Drake was a pirate, he would certainly have answered, "Yes," and that without any hesitation whatever. So much depends upon the point of view.

In the 1814 edition of Johnson's "History of Highwaymen and Pirates," the famous Paul Jones holds a prominent place as a pirate, and is described in no half measures as a traitor; yet I doubt if in the schools of America to-day the rising young citizens of "God's Own Country" are told any such thing, but are probably, and quite naturally, taught to look upon Paul Jones as a true patriot and a brave sailor. Again, there is Christopher Columbus, the greatest of all explorers, about whom no breath of scandal in the piratical way was ever breathed, who only escaped being a pirate by the fact that his was the first ship to sail in the Caribbean Sea; for there is little

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