Los Bucaneros y el Templo del Jaguar

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Deep in the dense Colombian jungle a mysterious emerald has been plundered by an odd band of backstabbing pirates. An unlikely character, Sara Gomez, is thrust into the action. With fang-like teeth and inexplicable nocturnal walks, she is no longer safe in her vampire-frenzied community. But alas, in 1741 the high seas are just as dangerous as lingering with landlubbers.

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Themes and places for you to explore further:
* Vampires in Rhode Island– especially Mercy Brown of Exeter, RI
* Piracy in the American Colonies– Thomas Tew of Rhode Island, Sam Bellamy of MA
* Religious tolerance and intolerance
* Colonization– Spanish conquistadors compared to New England colonists
* Economic role of port cities
* Piracy in the Caribbean
* Female pirates– Anne Bonney, Mary Read
* Amsterdam
* Spanish Inquisition
* Gómez, López– last names of Sephardic Jews in the American Colonies
* Newport as a safe haven for Jews since 1647, oldest active synagogue in North America since 1763
* Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson– separation of church and state, religious tolerance
* Dominican Republic and Colombia
* Emeralds– Colombia produces 60% of the world’s supply
* Cartagena– port city for Spanish fleet system– Tierra Firme
* Don Blas de Lezo– a one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged Spaniard who defended Cartagena against the British and American Colonists in April 1741
* Weather/geography– New England, Dominican Republic, Cartagena, jungle of Colombia
* Architecture– patios, balconies, influence of colonizing country
* Jaguars in Native American cultures
* Tayrona Indians
* Lost City– Ciudad Perdida south of Santa Marta, Colombia– fictional site of novel’s Temple
* Bullying, judging others, self-esteem, self-worth, risk-taking

Author: Mira Canion
Year of publication: 2020
Number of pages: 64, including glossary
ISBN: 9781947006157
Illustrated: with photographs
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