Patriot Pirates

Patriot Pirates

The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution

Audiobook CD - 2008
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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.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media, 2008
ISBN: 9781400106608
1400106605
Branch Call Number: CD NON-FICTION Pat, 9 disc
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (10.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Sklar, Alan

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L1br0V0re Jan 16, 2013

The enemy doesn't fight fair. Congress creates unfunded mandates. The leaders back home won't take advice from commanders in the field. The navy has to compete with the private sector for recruits and supplies. The mightiest army in the world underestimates the resolve, resourcefulness and cunning of insurgents. Sound familiar? This book puts in perspective the devastating effectiveness of American privateers during the American Revolution, as well as the problems posed for those trying to provide oversight. It also emphasizes the global nature of the conflict, since many countries at the time authorized the raiding of their competitors' ships. American privateers even attacked seaports in the UK, which undermined British support for the war. A great read.

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