Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck

Margarita Engle

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 1250040108

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Quebrado has been traded from pirate ship to ship in the Caribbean Sea for as long as he can remember. The sailors he toils under call him el quebrado―half islander, half outsider, a broken one. Now the pirate captain Bernardino de Talavera uses Quebrado as a translator to help navigate the worlds and words between his mother's Taíno Indian language and his father's Spanish.
But when a hurricane sinks the ship and most of its crew, it is Quebrado who escapes to safety. He learns how to live on land again, among people who treat him well. And it is he who must decide the fate of his former captors. Latino interest.

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Copyright infringement is against the law. If you believe the copy of this e-book you are reading infringes on the author’s copyright, please notify the publisher at: us.macmillanusa.com/piracy. In memory of my Cuban Indian ancestors Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. Caliban from The Tempest by William Shakespeare Bernardino de Talavera was deeply in debt, like so many Spaniards who worked their Indians to death, yet could not

young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. She lives in northern California. You can sign up for email updates here. Thank you for buying this Henry Holt and Company ebook. To receive special offers, bonus content, and info on new releases and other great reads, sign up for our newsletters. Or visit us online at us.macmillan.com/newslettersignup

of the first night, we have saved whatever is left of each other’s miserable lives. Quebrado In a silky green meadow, between stands of ebony and cedar, I notice a movement, and then a mystery—something huge and four-legged, on this isle where no tales are ever told of large animals—no panthers or tapirs, no cattle or goats. I aim a makeshift spear, only to discover that the beast is just a horse, a blue roan mare with a wavy tail and rippled mane. Moving closer, I see that her

all my years accepting sad truths. Bernardino de Talavera I once owned a vast land grant with hundreds of naturales, Indian slaves who perished from toil, hunger, and plagues. Crops withered, mines failed. All my dreams of wealth vanished. Soldiers soon gave chase, trying to send me to debtors’ prison, so I captured this ship and seized a valuable hostage, Alonso de Ojeda, Governor of Venezuela, an immense, jungled province on the South American mainland, where he is known as the

Ojeda ended his days as a mad pauper who asked to be buried under the doorway of a monastery, so that all who entered would step on his bones. Caucubú was the daughter of a Ciboney (also spelled Siboney) chieftain. When she fell in love with a fisherman called Naridó, her father disapproved. She hid in a cave to avoid an arranged marriage. Some of the caves of Trinidad de Cuba are now nightclubs for modern salsa dancers. In La Cueva Maravillosa (The Cave of Marvels) there is a fountain honoring

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