Wednesday, May 15, 2013


English buccaneer Bartholomew Sharp, on capturing a Spanish vessel off Ecuador in 1681:

"[we captured also] a great Booke full of Sea-Charts and Maps, containing a very accurate an exact description of all the Ports, Soundings, Creeks, Rivers, Capes and Coasts belonging to the South Sea, and all the Navigations usually performed by the Spaniards in that Ocean...[the Spaniards tried to throw the chart book into the Ocean and]...{they} cried when I got the Booke."

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