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Suppressing Piracy in the Early Eighteenth Century
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312 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

7 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

Suppressing Piracy in the Early Eighteenth Century

Pirates, Merchants and British Imperial Authority in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans

by David Wilson

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Shows how Britain and its empire was not a strong centralised imperial state and that it was only through manifold activities taking place in different colonial centres with varied colonial arrangements that the surge in piracy in this period was contained and reduced.
This book charts the surge and decline in piracy in the early eighteenth century (the so-called "Golden Age" of piracy), exploring the ways in which pirates encountered, obstructed, and antagonised the diverse participants of the British empire in the Caribbean, North America, Africa, and the Indian Ocean. The book's primary focus is on how anti-piracy campaigns were constructed as a result of the negotiations, conflicts, and individual undertakings of different imperial actors operating in the commercial and imperial hub of London; maritime communities throughout the British Atlantic; trading outposts in West Africa and India; and marginal and contested zones such as the Bahamas, Madagascar, and the Bay Islands. It argues that Britain and its empire was not a strong centralised imperial state; that the British imperial administration and the Royal Navy did not have the resources to mount a state-led, empire-wide war against piracy following the sharp increase in piratical attacks after 1716; and that it was only through manifold activities taking place in different colonial centres with varied colonial arrangements, economic strengths, and access to resources for maritime defence - which was often shaped by competing and contradictory interests - that Atlantic piracy was gradually discouraged, although not eradicated, by the mid-1720s.
Introduction
Chapter One: Peacetime Disputes and the Rise of Piracy
Chapter Two: Caribbean Piracy and the Protection of Trade
Chapter Three: Woodes Rogers and Private Enterprise in New Providence
Chapter Four: Colonial Maritime Defence and Piracy in North America
Chapter Five: The Slave Trading Lobby and Piracy in West Africa
Chapter Six: Piracy and Company Sovereignty in the Indian Ocean
Chapter Seven: The Structural Weaknesses of Piracy and Imperial Maritime Power in the Western Atlantic
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography

DAVID WILSON is Lecturer in Early Modern Maritime and Scottish History at the University of Strathclyde.

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Title Details

312 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

7 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press