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Quelch's Gold: Piracy, Greed, and Betrayal in Colonial New England
 
 
Author
Clifford Beal.
Publisher Potomac  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9781597972338
Pages/Publication Date 242/2008
Daedalus Item Code 93509
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In May 1704 the brigantine Charles quietly slipped into the cove at Marblehead, Massachusetts. Her sudden appearance some ten months after her mysterious departure started tongues wagging, and her cargo of Brazilian sugar, hides, cloth, guns, and a fortune in gold and coins led to her commander John Quelch's arrest on charges of piracy and murder against the subjects of Queen Anne's newest ally, the king of Portugal. Quelch's trial and execution were called a judicial travesty even by the standards of the day, and as Clifford Beal explains here, the incident prompted some of the first stirrings of American rebellion against English rule. The former editor of Jane's Defence Weekly in London, Beal spins an engaging history of the events, and notes that rumors persist to this day that some of the gold was buried before it ever reached port.

"Quelch's Gold is an excellent read—a pirate tale from beginning to end, but also one that has strong links to the early American spirit. Sometimes it's difficult to see how events from 300 years ago had their effect on our present world, but author Clifford Beal crafts a story that feels at once historical yet entirely relevant. The trial itself is conveyed in an equally compelling manner, and opens up many legal and ethical questions that should make for excellent conversational fodder amongst fellow pirate and historical buffs."—Bilgemunky.com

 
 
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