Note: George Camocke’s 1718 Proposal of a Jacobite–Pirate Alliance

By Harry M. Lewis, published August 2021

Abstract

Following Marcus Rediker noting a curious link between Jacobitism and the ‘Golden Age’ of Caribbean piracy, many works in the past decade have drawn attention to a proposal by George Camocke in 1718 to ally the Jacobites in Europe with the pirates in the Bahama islands in support of the exiled Stuart monarchy.1 The plan, given to the dowager Queen Mary of Modena and forwarded to the Pretender, King James III/VIII, envisaged pardoning the pirates and using them as the basis of a Stuart fleet in the Caribbean.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

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