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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 freedom--and Revengeby Edward Kritzler
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At the end of the fifteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition forced Jews to flee the country. The most adventurous among them took to the high seas as freewheeling outlaws. attacking and plundering the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. This book 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 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, credited with the capture of the Spanish silver fleet in 1628--the largest heist in pirate history. Historian Kritzler here captures a gritty and glorious era of history from an eye-opening perspective.--From publisher description.
"Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean delves into the many Jews who chose the freedom of the seas and New World adventure over the persecution of the Old World. It is about how they helped build the Spanish Empire and - when Jewish survival demanded - brought it down by forming secret alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding." "Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean brings to light this strange-but-true tale of Jews who battled the forces of the Inquisition to gain the rights Jews in the West enjoy today. It concludes with their last hurrahthe search for the lost gold mine of Columbus in Jamaica."--BOOK JACKET.
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 fifteenthcentury, 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, andShield 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-seaadventures-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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
EDWARD KRITZLER is a historian and a former reporter for USA TODAY. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica.
Table of Contents
Columbus and Jamaica's chosen people — Adventuring in the New World — The king's essential heretics — Samuel Palache, the pirate rabbi — Amsterdam, the new Jerusalem — Zion warriors in the new world — Exodus to heretic island — Cromwell's secret agents — The golden dream of Charles II — Buccaneer island — Epilogue: Searching for the lost mine of Columbus.
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