At the end of
the fifteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition forced many
Jews to flee the country. The most adventurous among
them took to the high seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships
bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and
Shield 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.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 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 Great Jewish
Pirate” Sinan, Barbarossa’s second-in-command; Rabbi Samuel Palache and his brother, Joseph, who went from commanding
pirate ships to founding the first openly Jewish community
in the New World; and Abraham Cohen Henriques, an arms
dealer who used his cunning and economic muscle to find safe
havens for other Jews.
Filled with high-sea adventures—including encounters with
Captain Morgan and other legendary pirates—and detailed
portraits of cities stacked high with plunder, such as Port
Royal, Jamaica, JEWISH PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN captures a
gritty and glorious era of history from an unusual and
EDWARD KRITZLER is a historian and a former reporter for USA
TODAY. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica.
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