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Sack of Panama Hardcover – 22 Oct 1981
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Henry Morgan's epic capture and sack of the city of Panama in 1671 is one of the most fascinating and exciting of historical adventure stories. This book tells the story again, but gives it an entirely new dimension by devoting nearly as much space to the long-suffering Spaniards who were the victims as to the Jamaican privateers who were the aggressors. This has been possible through the exploitation of the massive documentation in the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, a source which has been completely neglected by all previous books on the subject. Many new facts have been discovered and the result is a very much more balanced, but no less exciting, retelling of an old story. 'The Sack of Panama' starts in the summer of 1666 and covers just 5 years of exciting incident and dramatic changes of fortune leading up to Morgan's expedition against Panama which is described in considerable detail in the second part of the book. Altogether, the narrative covers the capture of one small Caribbean island three times by different people, the capture and sack of two cities and three towns and one of the most extraordinary fleet actions in naval history. The dramatic and vividly told action is set in a framework of description and analysis which covers not only the colourful world of the late 17th century West Indies but also the more sober reactions of diplomats and statesmen in Madrid and London to the scandalous events in the Caribbean. The result is a book which tells a vivid story of adventure, greed and suffering in which every fact is firmly buttressed by detailed research in the documents of the period.
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This is a nice read about the undeclared war against Spanish possesions in the New World. Earle does a good job of breaking down the stages of the conflict and history of the sack of Panama City. Henry Morgan was a brave person but his heart was in for the wealth of the cities he captured. He was not a patriot but a common pirate. This is the history of the conflict between the privateers and the Spanish crown. An interesting read.