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89. Hacke, pt ii (Sharp), p. 14; Dampier, p. 252; Esquemeling, pp. 273, 341, 398. 90. Besson, p. 153; cf. Charlevoix, iii, 243. 91. Margry, iv, 17; Rogers, p. 207; Johnson, p. 307; Ringrose, apud Esquemeling, p. 398. 92. On the sharing of possessions and profits by the half-dozen men who composed a camera in the Army of Flanders, see Parker, p. 177; and Cruickshank, p. 114, for Elizabethan cameradas. Debien, Engages, pp. 136-7, offers a rich selection of nicknames in France. 93. Les Institutions de la France sous la monarchie absolue, i (Paris, 1974), pp.
60 The balance between privateering democracy and dominant personalities is hard to strike, and commanders certainly enjoyed absolute power in action; but in this as in other respects there is a strong indication of the consolidation of a body of regulatory customs among the freebooters in the survival of references to them into Outlaws at Sea, 1660-1720 11 the Spanish Succession War. In 1706 the "gouverneur par interim" on the Coast, Charitte, in writing home, used such phrases as "les charteparties qui se font aux Isles Francoises" or simply "charteparties de l'Amérique".
The freebooters astonished the world in their day and have attracted some sensational literature since. Sadly, very little has come from professional historians. As Una said to Puck in one of Kipling's stories, "pirates aren't lessons". But did she wish they were? And why not? NOTES I. An Authentiek und ¡'anicular Account of the taking of Carthagena by the i'rench... Bv the Sieur Pointis (London, 1740: a lute edition of the 1698 translation of the Relation tic ^expedition tie Carthagene, Amsterdam, I69X), p.