Privateers and Pirates,
1730 to 1830
Artwork by Angus
tales of pirates and buccaneers have grabbed the attention of
most at some stage or another, but the officially sanctioned use
of privateers to destroy an enemy’s maritime trade never got quite
the same amount of attention.
sea-faring nations used privateers during the Napoleonic Wars,
but America, France and Britain were the most willing.
captains would be given a precise letter of marque, which would
detail the commander, the number of crew and period of hostility
during which they could operate with no fear of being hanged if
main areas for privateer operations were the Atlantic seaboard
of America and the West Indies, where great riches could be made
for captains and crews and great damage done to an enemy economy.
Privateers and Pirates, 1730 to 1830, Angus Konstam looks at privateers
as a tool for economic warfare and how their successful voyages
wreaked havoc among merchants.
heyday for the nefarious devils – including John Paul Jones and
Jean Lafitte – was between the American Revolution and the end
of the War of 1812 in 1815.
Konstam explains the origins of privateers, has some brief biographies
of the leading captains, an example of a Letter of Marque and
from where and how they operated.
interesting tales are backed by some fine artwork from Angus McBride.
If you are interested in naval matters during the Napoleonic Wars
then this book will be an engaging read on a topic rarely covered.
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