The Sack of Panamá: Captain Morgan and the Battle for the Caribbean

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Macmillan, 2007 M02 6 - 304 pages

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.

 

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THE SACK OF PANAMÁ: Captain Morgan and the Battle for the Caribbean

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Meticulous chronicle of perhaps the most audacious pirate raid in history.On the Caribbean side of the Audiencia of Panamá, the city of Portobello welcomed Spanish ships carrying manufactured goods ... Read full review

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User Review  - TomMcGreevy - LibraryThing

a very cynical time. Empire-building leads to a “power makes right” modus operandi tho there seems to have been a creeping embarrassment about how blatant it was becoming by the end of the period...not enough that gains were returned or apologies submitted. Read full review

Contents

1 SANTA CATALINA
1
2 A SPANISH TRIUMPH
17
3 THE PRIVATEERS
29
4 ONE SHIP AT ORANGE ISLAND
42
5 THE CAPTURE OF PORTOBELLO
56
6 RANSOM
68
7 NO PEACE BEYOND THE LINE
79
8 OUR PORTOBELLO MEN
91
14 THE PRIVATEERS SAIL
163
15 SAN LORENZO
174
16 THE RIVER CAMPAIGN
184
17 THE DEFENCE OF THE CITY
195
18 THE BATTLE OF PANAMÁ
203
19 NO HELP FOR DON JUAN
212
20 HENRY MORGAN RETURNS
223
21 PEACE IN THE INDIES
236

9 A BAD DAY FOR THE ADMIRAL
103
10 DON JUAN RETURNS TO PANAMÁ
119
11 THE SPANISH CORSAIRS ATTACK
131
12 RENDEZVOUS AT ISLA VACA
142
13 BAD NEWS ALONG THE MAIN
154
A NOTE ON SOURCES
249
SOURCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
NOTES
261
INDEX
281
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Peter Earle formerly taught at the London School of Economics and is now Emeritus Reader in Economic History at the University of London. He is the author of more than a dozen books on English social and maritime history, including two on different aspects of piracy: Corsairs of Malta and Barbary and The Pirate Wars.

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