Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean

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 Revenge

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385513982
Branch Call Number: 972.90049 K899j 2008
Characteristics: xi, 324 p. : map ; 22 cm


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