Goldsmiths and Grocers: Further examination of investors in the privateering voyage of Woodes Rogers, 1708–1711

By Ian Abbey, published February 2019


Recent histories have focused on the investors who outfited and funded the cruising voyage of Woodes Rogers to the Pacific from 1708 to 1711. However, relatively little has been published on the roles these investors played within Bristol society outside of the major contributors. This article identifies the social and business activities of all of the syndicate of investors, including the more ancillary members, both before and after the voyage. This more thorough study adds new light to the biographies written on Rogers by showing that even minor stakeholders had much to gain from the voyage and contributed further to Bristol society after the voyage’s conclusion. The investors took advantages of opportunities in commerce, philanthropy and privateering. The high return on their investment enabled them to gain influence and prestige.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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