Conway, 1st.ed., 2002. 235 pp., profusely illustrated (chiefly cold.). D.j., 34 x 25cm. FINE. Signed by naval historian Dr. N. A. M. Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger. Awa, Epiphany 2004." ; his copy. A beautifully illustrated study of the pirates in the Americas during their heyday in the 16th and 17th centuries. The arrival of the Spaniards in the New World when jewels, gold and other precious metals were sent back to Spain in fleets of galleons, sparked off a wave of piracy by both buccaneers and opportunistic privateers who targeted these ships, the latter in the service of the French king when France and Spain went to war in the 1520s. Elizabeth’s ‘Sea Dogs’ – Drake, Hawkins, Raleigh, etc., – also went in search of Spanish treasure during eighteen years of war between England and Spain that broke out in 1586. The Dutch were not to be left out either, with their filibusters establishing bases in the Caribbean in order to launch raids on Spanish possessions in Central and South America. England, France and the Netherlands went on to form their own colonies in the area. The author draws on Caribbean, English and Spanish archives in order to provide a graphic picture of European piracy in the Americas between 1493 and 1720. FINE copy.