Privateers & Pirates 1730–1830

Privateers & Pirates 1730–1830

Elite 74
  • Author: Angus Konstam
  • Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • Short code: ELI 74
  • Publication Date: 25 May 2001
  • ISBN: 9781841760162
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Following the pirate scourge of the early 18th century, many sea captains took to privateering as a means of making money. A form of nationally sponsored piracy, it reached its peak during the American Revolution, when the fledgling American navy had to rely on privateers to disrupt British shipping between England and the rebellious colonies. Following peace in 1815, many former privateers turned to piracy, spawning the last great piratical wave, which would last for a decade. The world of these privateers and latter-day pirates comes vividly to life in this detailed exploration of their ships, crews, ports and battle tactics.

Biographical Note

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands and is the author of over 20 books for Osprey. Formerly the Curator of Weapons in the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, he also served as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. His maritime titles for Osprey include Elite 69: Buccaneers 1620-1700 and Elite 70: Elizabethan Sea Dogs 1560-1605. Angus lives in London, where he combines a freelance museum consultancy business with a career as a historian and writer.Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 90 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.

Contents

Introduction Background and Sources Privateering in the Americas The Last Pirates Privateering Crews The Maritime Art of War Privateer Captains Privateering ports The Last Pirate Dens Privateering vessels The Anti-Piracy campaign Bibliography Commentary on colour artwork

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