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'This book is a comprehensive micro study of wider general interest. Well done on the whole, and the product of much historical research, the general style is occasionally reminiscent of the National Geographic magazine."- The Mariner's Mirror, Society for Nautical Research
--The Mariner's Mirror
"[It] is likely to appeal to a wide audience that includes general readers as well as those with a more specialized or academic interest in the maritime heritage of the Caribbean. Overall, this is a valuable contribution to maritime history and underwater archaeology, all the more so because it is an entertaining read. "
- Historical Archaeology
"This is the inaugural volume of a series, "New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology," and it is a handsome volume indeed. There are wonderful photographs and illustrations, and Smith is a fine writer. Maritime historians, archaeologists, and scholars of the Caribbean will find much of interest here. Readers who know Cayman, or who have visited the islands and taken an interest in Caymanian culture and history, will also find a great deal to absorb in this book." - International Journal of Maritime History
--International Journal of Maritime History
"This is the first volume in a new series entitled New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology. It is a splendid start." :based not only on nautical archaeology, oral history, and secondary sources but also on archival documents that Smith found in Great Britain, Jamaica, and Spain." "the reader will find much of interest in this well-researched, well-written, and well-illustrated work." - American Neptune
"Smith's pursuit of the island's history is impressive; he supplements two decades of fieldwork identifying and investigating more than seventy shipwrecks and terrestrial sites with extensive documentary material drawn from British, French, Dutch, and Spanish archives and oral histories taken from elderly islanders."
"Smith adds considerably to our knowledge of this historiographically neglected corner of the Caribbean."
--New West Indian Guide
"reads like a novel that compells the reader to turn each page to find out what happens next . . . A priceless jewel that belongs in every library."
--Pirates and Privateers: The History of Maritime Piracy