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Pirates, markets and imperial authority: economic aspects of maritime depredations in the Atlantic World, 1716–1726

Pirates, markets and imperial authority: economic aspects of maritime depredations in the... This article argues that during the years 1716–1726 diverse groups of maritime predators operated opportunistically across the spectrum from state-sanctioned privateering to outright piracy. All of these freebooters relied on access to markets if they were to survive in an increasingly hostile political environment. Merchants as well as colonists in various parts of the Atlantic World profited from their connections to marauders. It was only possible to successfully suppress piracy in the 1720s when the colonial authorities managed to close their ports to pirates. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Crime Taylor & Francis

Pirates, markets and imperial authority: economic aspects of maritime depredations in the Atlantic World, 1716–1726

Global Crime , Volume 9 (1-2): 14 – Feb 1, 2008
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1744-0580
eISSN
1744-0572
DOI
10.1080/17440570701862769
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Abstract

This article argues that during the years 1716–1726 diverse groups of maritime predators operated opportunistically across the spectrum from state-sanctioned privateering to outright piracy. All of these freebooters relied on access to markets if they were to survive in an increasingly hostile political environment. Merchants as well as colonists in various parts of the Atlantic World profited from their connections to marauders. It was only possible to successfully suppress piracy in the 1720s when the colonial authorities managed to close their ports to pirates.

Journal

Global CrimeTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 1, 2008

Keywords: pirates; piracy; organised crime in history; economic history

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