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Patriot pirates : the privateer war for freedom and fortune in the American Revolution

Author: Robert H Patton
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A revelation of America's War of Independence, a sweeping tale of maritime rebel-entrepreneurs bent on personal profit as well as national freedom. Privateers were legalized pirates empowered by the Continental Congress to raid and plunder, at their own considerable risk, as much enemy trade as they could successfully haul back to America's shores. Patton writes how privateering engaged all levels of Revolutionary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert H Patton
ISBN: 9780375422843 0375422846
OCLC Number: 165957643
Description: xxii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1775 Machias, Maine --
1776 Boston, Massachusetts --
1776 Providence, Rhode Island --
1776 Brooklyn, New York --
1778 Barbados, West Indies --
1779 Penobscot, Maine --
1779 New London, Connecticut --
1780 Newfoundland, Canada --
1782 Portsmouth, England --
1782 Brooklyn, New York --
1783 Providence, Rhode Island.
Responsibility: Robert H. Patton.

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A revelation of America's War of Independence, a sweeping tale of maritime rebel-entrepreneurs bent on personal profit as well as national freedom. Privateers were legalized pirates empowered by the Continental Congress to raid and plunder, at their own considerable risk, as much enemy trade as they could successfully haul back to America's shores. Patton writes how privateering engaged all levels of Revolutionary life, from the dockyards to the assembly halls; how it gave rise to an often cutthroat network of agents who sold captured goods and sparked wild speculation in purchased shares in privateer ventures, enabling sailors to make more money in a month than they might otherwise earn in a year; and how they turned their seafaring talents to the slave trade. Vast fortunes made through privateering survive to this day, among them those of the Peabodys, Cabots, and Lowells of Massachusetts, and the Derbys and Browns of Rhode Island.--From publisher description.

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