A General History of the Pyrates: Their first rise and Settlement in the Island of Providence, to the present Time (Paperback)

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A General History of the Pyrates: Their first rise and Settlement in the Island of Providence, to the present Time (Paperback)

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A General History of the Pyrates FROM Their first rise and Settlement in the Island of Providence, to the present Time by Daniel Defoe. As the Pyrates in the West-Indies have been so formidable and numerous, that they have interrupted the Trade of Europe into those Parts; and our English Merchants, in particular, have suffered more by their Depredations, than by the united Force of France and Spain, in the late War: We do not doubt but the World will be curious to know the Original and Progress of these Desperadoes, who were the Terror of the trading Part of the World. But before we enter upon their particular History, it will not be amiss, by way of Introduction, to shew, by some Examples drawn from History, the great Mischief and Danger which threaten Kingdoms and Commonwealths, from the Increase of these sort of Robbers; when either by the Troubles of particular Times, or the Neglect of Governments, they are not crush'd before they gather Strength. It has been the Case heretofore, that when a single Pyrate has been suffered to range the Seas, as not being worth the Notice of a Government, he has by Degrees grown so powerful, as to put them to the Expence of a great deal of Blood and Treasure, before he was suppress'd. We shall not examine how it came to pass, that our Pyrates in the West-Indies have continually increased till of late; this is an Enquiry which belongs to the Legislature, or Representatives of the People in Parliament, and to them we shall leave it. Our Business shall be briefly to shew, what from Beginnings, as inconsiderable as these, other Nations have suffered.
Product Details ISBN: 9781720880066
ISBN-10: 1720880069
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: June 8th, 2018
Pages: 306
Language: English