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Journal of Voyages Containing an Account of the Author's being Twice Captured by the English and Once by Gibbs the Pirate...   By: (1779-)

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In the Journal of Voyages, Jacob Dunham recounts his gripping and extraordinary experiences at sea, shedding light on a tumultuous period in maritime history. Although lacking a catchy title, this memoir captivates readers with its detailed and vivid descriptions of adventure, danger, and survival.

At its core, Dunham's journal serves as a personal account of his encounters with various forces that sought to capture and control his life. The author's first-person narrative style delivers an almost cinematic experience, making readers feel as if they are right alongside him, weathering storms or escaping from the clutches of enemy vessels.

One of the standout aspects of this engrossing tale is Dunham's ability to transport readers to exotic locations. From the colonial Americas to the treacherous waters of the Caribbean, he charts his course through a world that is both exhilarating and perilous. His observations about different cultures and customs add depth to the story, offering readers an insight into the mindset of sailors and explorers during that era.

Perhaps the most captivating element of Dunham's memoir is his encounters with notorious figures. The author's capture not only by the English but also by Gibbs the Pirate adds an extra layer of intrigue to his story. Dunham's interactions with these larger-than-life characters and his eventual escape keep readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly turning pages to see how he will outsmart his captors.

Despite the captivating nature of Dunham's adventures, the book may fall short in some areas. The author's reliance on detailed accounts of his daily experiences could, at times, feel overwhelming and repetitive. Additionally, the lack of contextual information about the events taking place in the world during his voyages leaves readers longing for a deeper understanding of the historical backdrop.

Overall, the Journal of Voyages by Jacob Dunham is a riveting firsthand account that promises to transport readers to a bygone era filled with maritime peril and unexpected exploits. While it may have benefited from a more enticing title and a tighter focus on key events, this book remains a captivating read for those interested in tales of survival and adventure on the high seas.

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[Illustration: CAPT. JACOB DUNHAM.]

JOURNAL OF VOYAGES:

CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S BEING TWICE CAPTURED BY THE ENGLISH AND ONCE BY GIBBS THE PIRATE;

HIS NARROW ESCAPE WHEN CHASED BY AN ENGLISH WAR SCHOONER;

AS WELL AS HIS BEING CAST AWAY AND RESIDING WITH INDIANS.

TO WHICH IS ADDED

Some account of the Soil, Products, Laws and Customs of Chagres, the Musquitto Shore, and St. Blas, at the Isthmus of Darien.

With Illustrations.

BY CAPTAIN JACOB DUNHAM.

NEW YORK:

PUBLISHED FOR THE AUTHOR, And Sold by Huestis & Cozans, 104 and 106 Nassau street.

1850.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty, by JACOB DUNHAM, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.

D. Fanshaw, Printer and Stereotyper, 35 Ann, corner of Nassau street.

CONTENTS.

page.

AUTHOR'S APOLOGY, 9

EARLY LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, 11

CHAPTER I. Sloop Rover Capture by the English Sale and sinking of the Sloop Rover, 13

CHAP. II. Sloop New York Second capture by the English Exchange of Prisoners, 30

CHAP... Continue reading book >>




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