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About the Author: Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin

Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin (also spelled Esquemeling, Exquemeling, or Oexmelin) was a French writer best known as the author of one of the most important sourcebooks of 17th century piracy, first published in Dutch as De Americaensche Zee-Roovers, in Amsterdam, by Jan ten Hoorn, in 1678.

Born about 1645, it is likely that Exquemelin was a native of Harfleur, France, who on his return from buccaneering settled in Holland, possibly because he was a Huguenot. In 1666 he was engaged by the French West India Company and went to Tortuga, where he stayed for three years. There he enlisted with the buccaneers, in particular with the band of Henry Morgan, whose confidante he was, probably as a barber-surgeon, and remained with them until 1674. Shortly afterwards he returned to Europe and settled in Amsterdam where he qualified professionally as a surgeon, his name appearing on the 1679 register of the Dutch Surgeons' Guild. However, he was later once again in the Caribbean as his name appears on the muster-roll as a surgeon in the attack on Cartagena in 1697.

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In the Original English Translation of 1684 by

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Paperback, Published in Mar 2007 by Cosimo Classics

ISBN10: 1602061009 | ISBN13: 9781602061002

Page count: 296

A True Account of the Famous Adventures and Daring Deeds of Sir Henry
Morgan and Other Notorious Freebooters of the Spanish Main

This volume was originally written in Dutch by John Esquemeling, and
first published in Amsterdam in 1678 under the title of De Americaeneche
Zee Roovers. It immediately became very popular and this first hand
history of the Buccaneers of America was soon translated into the
principal European languages. The first English edition was printed in

Of the author, John Esquemeling, very little is known although it is
generally conceded that he was in all probability a Fleming or
Hollander, a quite natural supposition as his first works were written
in the Dutch language. He came to the island of Tortuga, the
headquarters of the Buccaneers, in 1666 in the employ of the French West
India Company. Several years later this same company, owing to
unsuccessful business arrangements, recalled their representatives to
France and gave their officers orders to sell the company's land and all
its servants. Esquemeling then a servant of the company was sold to a
stern master by whom he was treated with great cruelty. Owing to hard
work, poor food and exposure he became dangerously ill, and his master
seeing his weak condition and fearing to lose the money Esquemeling had
cost him resold him to a surgeon. This new master treated him kindly so
that Esquemeling's health was speedily restored, and after one year's
service he was set at liberty upon a promise to pay his benefactor, the
surgeon, 100 pieces of eight at such a time as he found himself in

Once more a free man he determined to join the pirates and was received
into their society and remained with them until 1672. Esquemeling served
the Buccaneers in the capacity of barber-surgeon, and was present at all
their exploits. Little did he suspect that his first hand observations
would some day be cherished as the only authentic and true history of
the Buccaneers and Marooners of the Spanish Main.

From time to time new editions of this work have been published, but in
many cases much new material, not always authentic, has been added and
the result has been to mar the original narrative as set forth by
Esquemeling. In arranging this edition, the original English text only
has been used, and but few changes made by cutting out the long and
tedious description of plant and animal life of the West Indies of which
Esquemeling had only a smattering of truth. But, the history of Captain
Morgan and his fellow buccaneers is here printed almost identical with
the original English translation, and we believe it is the first time
this history has been published in a suitable form for the juvenile
reader with no loss of interest to the adult.

The world wide attention at this time in the Isthmus of Panama and the
great canal connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean lends to this
narrative an additional stimulus. Here are set forth the deeds of daring
of the wild freebooters in crossing the isthmus to attack the cities,
Puerto Bellow and Panama. The sacking and burning of these places
accompanied by pillage, fire, and treasure seeking both on land and on
sea form exciting reading. _The Buccaneers and Marooners of America_
well deserves a place on the book shelf with those old world-wide
favorites _Robinson Crusoe_ and the _Swiss Family Robinson_.

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