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Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious F

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ISBN13: 9780767919524
ISBN10: 0767919521
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At the end of the fifteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition forced many Jews to flee the country. The most adventurous among them took to the high seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding.

JEWISH PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN is the entertaining saga of a hidden chapter in Jewish history and of the cruelty, terror, and greed that flourished during the Age of Discovery. Readers will meet such daring figures as the Great Jewish Pirate Sinan, Barbarossa's second-in-command; the pirate rabbi Samuel Palache, who founded Holland's Jewish community; Abraham Cohen Henriques, an arms dealer who used his cunning and economic muscle to find safe havens for other Jews; and his pirate brother Moses, who is credited with the capture of the Spanish silver fleet in 1628--the largest heist in pirate history.

Filled with high-sea adventures--including encounters with Captain Morgan and other legendary pirates--and detailed portraits of cities stacked high with plunder, such as Port Royal, Jamaica, JEWISH PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN captures a gritty and glorious era of history from an unusual and eye-opening perspective.

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In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. Filled with high-sea adventures-including encounters with Captain Morgan and other legendary pirates-Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean reveals a hidden chapter in Jewish history as well as the cruelty, terror, and greed that flourished during the Age of Discovery.

About the Author

Edward Kritzler is a historian and journalist residing in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Mask Arts Company, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Mask Arts Company)
Read this book three times. It give an amazing account of history of this very important time period. During the time of the Pirates of the Caribbean they had the most open and democratic form of government on the planet. True there was killing and take ships. But they were attacking Spain who took property from everyone who did not think exactly like them. And the Grand Inquisitor of Spain had hoods just like the KKK. It is about the smart fight for freedom and very brave people who had nothing to loose.
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Shoshana, May 2, 2010 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Kritzler's portrait of the Jewish pirate, and more broadly, the Jewish entrepreneur of the period of Europe's mass expulsions and pogroms, has all the elements of a great tale, immediately evoking Chabon's novel of swashbuckling Jews, Gentlemen of the Road. However, Kitzler's book is hard to read, repetitive, switches tenses, and otherwise pulls the reader out of the narrative and into an irritated search for previous statements, chronology, and gist. If you can work around the problematic delivery, you should find this a fascinating account of how Jewish and converso merchants, spurred by the threat of the Inquisition, helped determine the political fate of the Caribbean and other New World colonies.

I've read some complaints that Kritzler doesn't apologize for the involvement of Jews in the slave trade. Actually, he describes it as limited and does provide some commentary, though long after his first mention of this activity. However, this criticism seems to me to be beside the point--Kinzler neither defends nor reprimands his subjects for any specific actions. While the general tone is admiring, the overall style is reportage.
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cc and p, January 7, 2010 (view all comments by cc and p)
This book is a revelation to not just the phenomena of piracy back in the 1500's up to our time but the untold part of Jewish history that makes perfect sense. The amazing thing about how history is taught as truth yet most of the story is left out. Well researched and well written. Many of the reviews about this book are from the staid historical perspective and they poo poo Edward Kritzler's research. Not surprising. My husband and i loved this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767919524
Author:
Kritzler, Edward
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Edward Kritzler
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.96x5.24x.74 in. .72 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. Filled with high-sea adventures-including encounters with Captain Morgan and other legendary pirates-Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean reveals a hidden chapter in Jewish history as well as the cruelty, terror, and greed that flourished during the Age of Discovery.
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