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The Resource At the point of a cutlass : the pirate capture, bold escape, & lonely exile of Philip Ashton, Gregory N. Flemming

At the point of a cutlass : the pirate capture, bold escape, & lonely exile of Philip Ashton, Gregory N. Flemming

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At the point of a cutlass : the pirate capture, bold escape, & lonely exile of Philip Ashton
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At the point of a cutlass
Title remainder
the pirate capture, bold escape, & lonely exile of Philip Ashton
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Gregory N. Flemming
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Language
eng
Summary
Taken in a surprise attack near Nova Scotia in June 1722, Ashton was forced to sail across the Atlantic and back with a crew under the command of Edward Low, a man so vicious he tortured victims by slicing off an ear or nose and roasting them over a fire. "A greater monster," one colonial official wrote, "never infested the seas." Ashton barely survived the nine months he sailed with Low's crew -- he was nearly shot in the head at gunpoint, came close to drowning when a ship sank near the coast of Brazil, and was almost hanged for secretly plotting a revolt against the pirates. Like many forced men, Ashton thought constantly about escaping. In March of 1723, he saw his chance when Low's crew anchored at the secluded island of Roatan, at the western edge of the Caribbean. Ashton fled into the thick, overgrown woods and, for more than a year, had to claw out a living on the remote strip of land, completely alone and with practically nothing to sustain him. The opportunity to escape came so unexpectedly that Ashton ran off without a gun, a knife, or even a pair of shoes on his feet. Yet the resilient young castaway -- who has been called America's real-life Robinson Crusoe -- was able to find food, build a crude shelter, and even survive a debilitating fever brought on by the cool winter rains before he was rescued by a band of men sailing near the island
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YDXCP
Dewey number
  • 972.83/03092
  • B
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F2161.A83
LC item number
F54 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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At the point of a cutlass : the pirate capture, bold escape, & lonely exile of Philip Ashton, Gregory N. Flemming
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [201]-229) and index
Contents
July 19, 1723 -- The Rebecca -- The capture -- To the Azores -- Dangerous waters -- Roatan -- The Baymen -- The Bay of Honduras -- As one coming from the dead -- "Ashton's memorial" -- Pirate executions and pirate treasure
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Dimensions
24 cm
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Extent
241 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781611685152
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2013954865
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illustrations, maps

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