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The War Against the Pirates

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

Benefits

  • Explores a secret Anglo-American coercive war against Spain in the nineteenth century

  • Based on previously unused archival sources from Great Britain and America

  • Argues that the roots of piracy and its suppression laid the foundation for the decline of the Spanish empire in the Americas

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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

Introduction

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.

Keywords

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

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria, BCCanada
  2. 2.Independent ScholarWaterloo, ONCanada

About the authors

Barry Gough is a Fellow of Kings College London, UK. A noted authority on British sea power, he is the author of twenty books on the maritime foundations of imperial history, and has won the Mountbatten Literary Award for Pax Britannica: Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace Before Armageddon (2014). Past president of the North American Society for Oceanic History, he was editor of The American Neptune: Maritime History & Arts.

Charles Borras is a lawyer who also holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.  He graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 1993 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995.  He later worked in the House of Commons of Canada as Special Assistant to the Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo from 1998 to 2001.  Charles published an article, “Video Surveillance in the Ontario Workplace,” with Dr Franklin Ramsoomair in 2005.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The War Against the Pirates
  • Book Subtitle British and American Suppression of Caribbean Piracy in the Early Nineteenth Century
  • Authors Barry Gough
    Charles Borras
  • Series Title Britain and the World
  • Series Abbreviated Title Britain and the World
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-31414-7
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-35481-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-59514-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-31414-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 221
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    US History
    History of Military
    Political History
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