He challenged the greatest empires on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades - and brought it to its knees. Henry Morgan crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune.
Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and natural disasters, Empire of Blue Water brilliantly re-creates the passion and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.
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Empire of Blue Water
This is a great history of how some Pirates were not just a ragbag bunch of thugs, some of them were smart, and some of them were political pawns used by the new fast-growing empires of the age. This book could fall into the trap of just telling the scandalous and 'juicy' stories, but luckily it doesn't. It leaves you in no doubt as to what pirate life was like and how anyone living on Spanish Main had to be on their guard, while at the same time giving a complete story of the pirates' part in the history of the Caribbean. It is also well-read - treat yourself if you like this sort of history.