Archive Results For: Pirates

The Law and Language of Private Naval Warfare

By N. A. M. Rodger

Piracy and privateering figure very extensively in history, and in current affairs, but much of the discussion is undermined by the common failure to define the terms and understand the legal distinctions between them. Moreover it is essential to consider with care the translation of languages and legal systems. The paper attempts to clarify the […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Turbulent Waters: Sea Raiding in Early Modern South East Asia

By Robert J. Anthony

Between 1500 and 1860 piracy in South East Asia was a multinational enterprise, involving European, American, Chinese, Japanese, and indigenous sea raiders. Although Western pirates occasionally made their way into South East Asian waters, they never posed as much of a threat to the prosperity and stability of the area as the buccaneers had done […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Pacific | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Le Corsaire idéal: the Life of Dublin Mariner Patrick Dowlin, c. 1756–96

By Seán T. Rickard

This article assesses the little-known or documented history of Irish bucker,2 American privateer and French naval officer Patrick Dowlin, encompassing the period of the American War of Independence. It also provides information regarding Dowlin’s closest compatriots and describes several ruses used by smugglers, privateers and their armateurs at sea or ashore in achieving their goals. […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Irish Sea | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: Skimmour, a transient late-medieval term for ‘pirate’

By William Sayers

Textual evidence from Middle English and the Continent are examined, with anecdotes illuminating the uses of the word. Read More

Filed under: Medieval | Pirates | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Adventuring Your Estate: the Origins, Costs and Rewards of Woodes Rogers’s Privateering Voyage of 1708-11

By Tim Beattie

In August 1708 the Duke and Duchess; two private men of war, set sail from Kingroad, near Bristol. This was a commercial venture supported by the Crown, but funded privately by West Country businessmen who were yet to benefit from the burgeoning slave trade. By some measures it would be the most successful privateering expedition […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | Pirates | Pacific
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Between Newfoundland and the Malacca Strait: a Survey of the Golden Age of Piracy, 1695-1725

By Arne Bialuschewskia

In terms of the intensity of activity the thirty years between 1695 and 1725 were the “Golden Age” of piracy afloat. Early modern piracy flourished because it offered material gains rather than being a proletarian reaction to harsh working conditions at sea. Three widely-separated areas saw intense activity in turn between 1695 and 1725: the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Privateers, Picarroons, Pirates: West Indian Commerce Raiders, 1793 – 1801

By H. J. K. Jenkins

After the outbreak of Anglo-French hostilities 1793 – 1801 were tumultuous times for the West Indies and Atlantic communities. Privateers, commissioned mostly by France, some under Swedish and Spanish flags of convenience, manned by French, English, Americans, etc. created havoc in the area. Guadeloupe, an epicentre for many of these activities; French black soldiers used […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | French Revolution | Pirates | Caribbean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: A Pirate’s Log ?

By N.A.M. Rodger

An interesting document in the National Archives appears to show the calculations of an Elizabethan pirate who may have visited the North Cape. Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Pirates | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Shipwreck and Mutiny in Spain’s Galleys on the Santo Domingo Station, 1583

By Richard Boulind

King Philip II delayed sending galleys to defend Santo Domingo from pirates, due to instability, corruption, and monetary chaos on the island of Hispaniola. The two galleys finally sent in 1582 soon met disaster, as the smaller galliot wrecked and a mutinous crew took over the remaining galley and held it for several months. The […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Caribbean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Logistics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

The British Navy and the Caribbean 1689-1697

By Norton H. Moses

War with the French in 1689 threatened English Caribbean interests. Poor coordination was endemic between the Admiralty, the Lords of Trade and Plantations and the Governors of the Leeward Islands, Barbados and Jamaica.   Squadrons were sent out sporadically, not left on station year-round. Authority divided between local, regimental and naval commanders led to inefficiency compounded […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Nine Years' War | Pirates | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

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