The Lost Fleet The Discovery of a Sunken Armada from the Golden Age of Piracy
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The Lost Fleet The Discovery of a Sunken Armada from the Golden Age of Piracy

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On January 2, 1678, a fleet of French ships sank off the Venezuelan coast. This proved disastrous for French naval power in the region, and sparked the rise of a golden age of piracy.

Tracing the lives of fabled pirates like the Chevalier de Grammont, Nikolaas Van Hoorn, Thomas Paine, and Jean Comte d'Estrees, The Lost Fleet portrays a dark age, when the outcasts of European society formed a democracy of buccaneers, settling on a string of islands off the African coast. From there, the pirates haunted the world's oceans, wreaking havoc on the settlements along the Spanish mainland and -- often enlisted by French and English governments -- sacking ships, ports, and coastal towns.

More than three hundred years later, writer, explorer, and deep-sea diver Barry Clifford follows the pirates' destructive wake back to Venezuela. With the help of a lost map, drawn by the captain of the lost French fleet, Clifford locates the site of the disaster and wreckage of the once-mighty armada.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060957794
  • 9780060957797

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