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Title:
Sir John Hawkins : Queen Elizabeth's slave trader
Author:
Kelsey, Harry, 1929-
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Publication Information:
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xiv, 402 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The uses of duplicity -- Robbing Portugal and selling to Spain -- Slave trading -- San Juan de Ulúa -- Counting the cost -- Turning defeat into victory -- Changing course -- War with Spain -- There is no other hell -- Weighing Hawkins.
ISBN:
9780300096637
Format :
Book

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A portrait of a colourful Elizabethan slaver, merchant and admiral. Although his cousin Sir Francis Drake is more famous, Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595) was a more successful seaman and played a pivotal role in the history of England and the emergence of the global slave trade. Born into a family of wealthy pirates, Hawkins became fascinated by tales of the riches of foreign lands. Early in his career he led an illegal expedition in which he captured three hundred slaves in Sierra Leone and transported them to the West Indies. There he traded them for pearls, hides and sugar, thus giving birth to the British slave trade. His voyages were so lucrative that Queen Elizabeth herself sponsored subsequent missions.