Duguay Trouin: the Financial Background

By J.S. Bromley, published August 1985

Abstract

This comprehensive analysis describes the investment and support systems that underpinned France’s extensive privateering activities during the Nine Years War (1688-97) and War of Spanish Succession (1702-13). The complex relationship between the King, his navy and leading private investors is explored in detail, with especial attention given to outlay costs, risk against reward, and the increasingly difficult investment climate. Examples are provided throughout by description of the worldwide operations initiated by St. Malo’s ‘Maison Trouin’, highlighting the relationship between famed privateer captain Duguay Trouin and his less well known (but financially astute) elder brother, Luc, a key player in the successful family enterprise.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | English Channel | Nine Years' War | North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C) | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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