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The Spanish Main (The Seafarers)

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Contents: The Ruthless Conquest of a Golden Aztec Empire, The First Challenges to the Lords of the Main, Carrying the King's Wealth to the Coffers of Seville, The Merchant who Enflamed Spain's New World, The Fire and Fury of El Dragon, The Heretics Who Humbled the Might of Spain, The Rise of a Bloodthirsty Brotherhood, A Sea-Roving Devil Named Henry Morgan, The Sacking of ...more
Unknown Binding, 176 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Time Life Medical (first published 1920)
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GoldGato
Sep 11, 2014 GoldGato rated it really liked it
The Spanish Main. Those words ring with shipwrecks and conquest and ruthlessness and jewels. Encompassing the land/sea area of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, this area was the launching point for galleons returning to Spain, laden with cargo holds full of silver, gold, spices, and gems.

In the usual Time-Life style, this book is full of paintings to help tell the story. It starts with the story of the Aztecs and the loss of their empire by Cortes. From there, we get the illustrated cruelti
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Rob Maher
Sep 19, 2013 Rob Maher rated it liked it
The Seafarers

For much of the last two and a half thousand years, the history of western civilisation has been indelibly linked to the sea. From the time of the Persian navy's defeat to the Greeks at Salamis in 480 B.C., to the epic voyages of Vasco de Gama and Magellan, to the terror unleashed by Germany's U-boats in both world wars, the fortunes of Western European nations ebbed and flowed with their ability to open and maintain trade routes. Whoever controlled the sea, controlled the world.

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Natajia
Dec 16, 2012 Natajia rated it really liked it
This was a very informative and intersting read. Recommended to anyone wanting to learn more about the conquer and history of the Spanish Main.
Seth
Dec 20, 2010 Seth rated it really liked it
Decent, high level background on the Caribbean aka Spanish Main. Good general history, great for a quick sketch of the first couple of centuries of European discovery and exploitation of this area.
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