Terror of the Spanish Main (Dutton, 1999)

Terror of the Spanish Main: Sir Henry Morgan and His Buccaneers

Albert Marrin

Henry Morgan, born in Wales in 1635, was an unusual sort of leader. Inspiring respect and loyalty among his followers, he led daring raids on Spain’s possessions in the New World. Yet he commanded neither an army nor a navy. Nor was he a political ruler, though his exploits affected the power politics of Europe and earned him a knighthood. Henry Morgan was a ‘prince’ among a group of outcasts, desperadoes, and failed gentlemen known as buccaneers. Henry Morgan is a portrait of a man and his times, outlining the political and economic circumstances that allowed the buccaneers to flourish. Freshly evoking both life at sea and life in the colonies in the seventeenth century, Albert Marrin shows how Morgan’s life was a response to forces—war, poverty, racism, and oppression—that are with us still.


...Readers will find this gripping and complex historical drama impossible to put down.

—Publishers Weekly

In telling Morgan’s story, Marrin reaches far beyond the buccaneer’s exciting exploits, spinning a rip-roaring yarn of life in the age of exploration.

—School Library Journal

Marrin has created a narrative of epic proportions... This is addictive reading.

—The Horn Book Magazine