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The Sack of Panamá

Captain Morgan and the Battle for the Caribbean

Peter Earle

Thomas Dunne Books

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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Sack of Panamá
1SANTA CATALINA 
 
Land ahead on the starboard bow!' It was noon on 25 May 1666 when the ageing privateer, Captain Edward Mansfield, heard the lookout's cry. He clambered up into the rigging to check his position. One quick look through his perspective glass and he could relax. There was no mistaking the rugged hills, over a thousand feet high, of the lonely island which the English called Providence and the Spaniards called Santa Catalina.1 The old captain glanced back at the rest of his squadron. All four ships were still in sight, spread out across the
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  • Peter Earle

  • 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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    Captain Morgan and the Battle for the Caribbean

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