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Notes 1. See David Cordingly, Life among the Pirates: The Romance and the Reality (London: Little, Brown, 1995). 20 c. r. pennell 2. A. O. Exquemelin, Bucaniers of America, or, A true account of the most remarkable assaults committed of late years upon the coasts of the West-Indies, by bucaniers of Jamaica and Tortuga, both English and French. , Written originally in Dutch, by John Esquemeling, one of the bucaniers who was present at those tragedies; and thence translated into Spanish, by Alonso de Bonne-Maison ...
The sixteenth-century Portuguese, for example, seeking to impose a monopoly over the pepper trade in India, treated the people of Malabar as pirates. Even circumscribed into these three broad episodes, the field of the phenomenon remains vast. It would be wonderful to accomplish what Samuel Johnson proposes in the opening verses of “The Vanity of Human Wishes”: Let observation with extensive view Survey mankind from China to Peru; Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife And watch the busy scenes of crouded [sic] life.
5 It was influenced by the belief that the progress of “civilization” was served by commercial expansion. This framed an interpretation of piracy along cultural lines, distinguishing indigenous piracy from Western civilization. The suppres- The Pirate and the Emperor 29 sion of non-European piracy became the equivalent on the sea of the “civilizing mission” in French colonial territories (even for the English, who sought, in contrast to the French, to maintain local indigenous institutions). Only the era of decolonization made it possible to begin to approach the history of piracy critically, at the same time as the history of European expansion was being revised.