Monday, October 24

Atrocities of the Pirates

The Atrocities of the Pirates 
by Aaron Smith
A brief review by Tony Gerard

 In 1822 Aaron Smith’s merchant ship was captured by Cuban pirates. The rest of the crew was released, but Smith was held captive for the next ten months. Smith is forced to work as a navigator, doctor and member of several boarding parties. Most of the atrocities he witnesses are perpetualed by the pirates on one another. Eventually he escapes and makes his way to Havanna- where he is imprisoned as a pirate! He is sent to England in chains and eventually stands trial for piracy there.

Although the book is slightly after our time period there is really nothing that marks it as such. I highly recommend this book for any members interested in the West Indies and associated piracy.

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