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At the Point of a Cutlass The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton by Gregory N. Flemming
  

At the Point of a Cutlass The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton

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At the Point of a Cutlass The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton by Gregory N. Flemming

A handful of sea stories define the American maritime narrative. Stories of whaling, fishing, exploration, naval adventure, and piracy have always captured our imaginations, and the most colorful of these are the tales of piracy. Called America's real-life Robinson Crusoe, the true story of Philip Ashton-a nineteen-year-old fisherman captured by pirates, impressed as a crewman, subjected to torture and hardship, who eventually escaped and lived as a castaway and scavenger on a deserted island in the Caribbean-was at one time as well known as the tales of Cooper, Hawthorne, and Defoe. Based on a rare copy of Ashton's 1725 account, Gregory N. Flemming's vivid portrait recounts this maritime world during the golden age of piracy. Fishing vessels and merchantmen plied the coastal waters and crisscrossed the Atlantic and Caribbean. It was a hard, dangerous life, made more so by both the depredations and temptations of piracy. Chased by the British Royal Navy, blown out of the water or summarily hung when caught, pirate captains such as Edward Low kidnapped, cajoled, beat, and bribed men like Ashton into the rich-but also vile, brutal, and often short-life of the pirate. In the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick, At the Point of a Cutlass expands on a lost classic narrative of America and the sea, and brings to life a forgotten world of ships and men on both sides of maritime law.

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A lively read made all the more compelling from its real-world roots. --The Midwest Book Review


About the Author

GREGORY N. FLEMMING is a former journalist who holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives with his family in New England. His website is www.gregflemming.com.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd June 2014

Author

Gregory N. Flemming

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Publisher

Dartmouth College Press an imprint of University Press of New England

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Biography: general
Geographical discovery & exploration
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
History of the Americas

ISBN

9781611685152

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