The War Against the Pirates

British and American Suppression of Caribbean Piracy in the Early Nineteenth Century

  • Barry Gough
  • Charles Borras

Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Barry Gough, Charles Borras
    Pages 1-11
  3. Barry Gough, Charles Borras
    Pages 13-25
  4. Barry Gough, Charles Borras
    Pages 27-40
  5. Barry Gough, Charles Borras
    Pages 41-71
  6. Barry Gough, Charles Borras
    Pages 73-104
  7. Barry Gough, Charles Borras
    Pages 105-123
  8. Barry Gough, Charles Borras
    Pages 125-148
  9. Barry Gough, Charles Borras
    Pages 149-166
  10. Barry Gough, Charles Borras
    Pages 167-184
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 185-221

About this book


Based on hitherto unused sources in English and Spanish in British and American archives, in this book naval historian Barry Gough and legal authority Charles Borras investigate a secret Anglo-American coercive war against Spain, 1815-1835. Described as a war against piracy at the time, the authors explore how British and American interests – diplomatic and military – aligned to contain Spanish power to the critically influential islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico, facilitating the forging of an enduring but unproclaimed Anglo-American alliance which endures to this day.

Due attention is given to United States Navy actions under Commodore David Porter, to this day a subject of controversy.  More significantly though, through the juxtaposition of British, American and Spanish sources, this book uncovers the roots of piracy – and suppression– that laid the foundation for the tortured decline of the Spanish empire in the Americas and the subsequent rise of British and American empires, instrumental in stamping out Caribbean piracy for good.


Piracy Royal Navy Invasion of Cuba Invasion of Puerto Rico Commodore Porter US Navy Cuba Empire Fajardo Affair

Authors and affiliations

  • Barry Gough
    • 1
  • Charles Borras
    • 2
  1. 1.Victoria, BCCanada
  2. 2.Independent ScholarWaterloo, ONCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-230-35481-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-31414-7
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