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The Selvagens, Forgotten Atlantic Islands By Alex Ritsema
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Between the Canary and Madeira Islands, we find the tiny, barren and uninhabited Selvagens. Far from the tourist crowds, these volcanic outcrops house fantastic seabird colonies and unique species... More > of flora and fauna. The Selvagens were colonized by Portugal in 1438. Being virtually destitute of water, they have only had temporary inhabitants like fishermen, bird hunters and scientists. Many stories have been told about buried pirate treasures; we do not know whether those treasures ever existed but this book reveals some spectacular stories of genuine treasure hunts. Born in 1963, the author is a non-fiction author about islands and maritime history. His website is www.aworldofislands.com.< Less
Discover the Dutch Wadden Islands By Alex Ritsema
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In the north of The Netherlands we find five inhabited islands visited by many tourists attracted by beautiful sandy beaches, sand dunes, marshlands, polders and monumental villages. In times past,... More > the islanders lived from farming, wrecking, fishing, hunting or piloting to the mainland. Some island men were often far from home, serving on merchant and whaling fleets. Tourists can relax, swim, wander, cycle or visit museums. The book is illustrated with many color photos (especially by the author) as well as historic photos, paintings, drawings and maps. The author was born in 1963 and is a non-fiction author about islands and maritime history. His website is www.aworldofislands.com.< Less
A Dutch Castaway on Ascension Island in 1725 By Alex Ritsema
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On 5 May 1725 a Dutch ship’s officer, Leendert Hasenbosch, was set ashore on the desert island of Ascension in the South Atlantic Ocean, as a punishment for sodomy. He tried to survive on... More > turtles and birds but found very little water on the barren island. He wrote a diary. He probably died after about half a year. In January 1726 British mariners found his tent, diary and other things and brought the diary to England. In 1726 a first English version of the diary of the Dutch castaway was published. Other versions followed in 1728, 1730 and 1976. Who was the castaway? The truth was disclosed by the Dutch historian Michiel Koolbergen (1953-2002), in a posthumously published book in Dutch. With the support of Michiel Koolbergen’s family and publisher, this new book discloses the truth in English. This book is the second edition, with some improvements compared to the original edition of 2006. This book is illustrated with line drawings, both historic ones and by the Dutch artist Anneke de Vries.< Less
Heligoland, Past and Present By Alex Ritsema
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Heligoland (spelled “Helgoland” in German) consists of two small German islands in the southeast of the North Sea, some 50 kilometres from the German mainland. The main – and the... More > only inhabited - island has a length of less than two kilometres but it is one of the top-tourist destinations of northwest Germany. This book contains the first comprehensive history of Heligoland in the English language, including: its unique geology (with its cliffs and fossils); its seals, birds and plants; its legends of saints and pirates; its wreckers, fishermen, hunters and pilots; its turbulent military history, from the Middle Ages to the Nazis; accounts of eyewitnesses from various centuries; many line drawings, some historic ones and some made by the Dutch artist Anneke de Vries.< Less
Discover the Dutch Wadden Islands By Alex Ritsema
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In the north of The Netherlands we find five inhabited islands visited by many tourists attracted by beautiful sandy beaches, sand dunes, marshlands, polders and monumental villages. In times past,... More > the islanders lived from farming, wrecking, fishing, hunting or piloting to the mainland. Some island men were often far from home, serving on merchant and whaling fleets. Tourists can relax, swim, wander, cycle or visit museums. The book is illustrated with many color photos (especially by the author) as well as historic photos, paintings, drawings and maps. The author was born in 1963 and is a non-fiction author about islands and maritime history. His website is www.aworldofislands.com.< Less
A Dutch Castaway on Ascension Island in 1725 By Alex Ritsema
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On 5 May 1725 a Dutch ship’s officer, Leendert Hasenbosch, was set ashore on the desert island of Ascension in the South Atlantic Ocean, as a punishment for sodomy. He tried to survive on... More > turtles and birds but found very little water on the barren island. He wrote a diary. He probably died after about half a year. In January 1726 British mariners found his tent, diary and other things and brought the diary to England. Later that year, a first English version of the diary of the Dutch castaway was published. Other versions followed in 1728, 1730 and 1976. Who was the castaway? The truth was disclosed by the Dutch historian Michiel Koolbergen (1953-2002), in a posthumously published book in Dutch. With the support of Michiel Koolbergen’s family and publisher, this new book discloses the truth in English. This book is the second edition, with some improvements compared to the original edition of 2006. This book is illustrated with line drawings, both historic ones and by the Dutch artist Anneke de Vries.< Less
The Selvagens, Forgotten Atlantic Islands By Alex Ritsema
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Between the Canary and Madeira Islands, we find the tiny, barren and uninhabited Selvagens. Far from the tourist crowds, these volcanic outcrops house fantastic seabird colonies and unique species... More > of flora and fauna. The Selvagens were colonized by Portugal in 1438. Being virtually destitute of water, they have only had temporary inhabitants like fishermen, bird hunters and scientists. Many stories have been told about buried pirate treasures; we do not know whether those treasures ever existed but this book reveals some spectacular stories of genuine treasure hunts. Born in 1963, the author is a non-fiction author about islands and maritime history. His website is www.aworldofislands.com.< Less
Pirates and Privateers from the Low Countries, c.1500-c.1810 By Alex Ritsema
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In novels, cartoons and films, “the” pirate had a wooden leg, a parrot on one of his shoulders, a patch before one of his eyes and buried his treasures on remote shores or islands…... More > This book is not about fictional pirates but about real ones but their stories are equally spectacular. Some of them were not “pirates” but “privateers” equipped with a “letter of marque”, an official license to attack enemies in times of war. Among other Dutch, Frisian and Flemish freebooters, this book includes: Grutte Pier, a folk hero defending the Frisian freedom against the Hollanders around 1520; the “Sea-Beggars” and their decisive role in the War of Dutch Independence (1568-1648); the Dunkirk raiders harassing merchant vessels from Amsterdam; adventurers joining the legendary pirates of Barbary or the Caribbean. This book not only deals with the freebooters themselves but also with their victims and foes, as well as corrupt shipowners and corrupt judges of Prize Courts.< Less

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