Scoundrels & Eccentrics of the Pacific
Scoundrels & Eccentrics of the Pacific is a new title delving into the adventurers who once made the great Pacific their playground ¿ from likeable dreamers to outright conmen, slavers and pirates, and even one self-titled Queen Emma. There¿s the extraordinary tale of James Proctor who used his wooden leg to trick natives in coming aboard his ship so he could spirit them away as slaves; or French priest Fr Rougier who used his position to amass a fortune, eventually became the ¿King of Christmas Island¿. But there are sad accounts as well, of Chinese or Indians fallen victim to human trafficking, goldfield fever and unscrupulous traders.This is a collection of the tales that have been told of the men, and in some cases the women, who sought to benefit from the discoveries of the early explorers; scoundrels and rogues with little conscience but great craftiness, and those who as a result found themselves victims of situations they could hardly imagine. It shows that mankind, in whatever period and whatever part of the world, may have its heroes, but always has its villains.