Pax Britannica pp 189-213 | Cite as

Treaty-Making and Dhow-Chasing in the Indian Ocean

  • Barry Gough
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In addition to protecting the rights of British and European citizens, the policing of piracy was a specifically designated duty of the Navy during Pax. Anti-piracy duties, to repeat, were closely intertwined with measures to eradicate slavery and the slave trade. This largely thankless task took the Navy to all seas, for the anti-piracy war was conducted against the likes of Barbary pirates, offending coastal tribes of British Columbia and Brazilian privateers in the Río de la Plata. It was also pressed against pirates in the Malay straits, the China seas and the Pacific islands. In some of these places, piracy could be suppressed. In others, such as the China seas in the 1860s, as one historian concluded unerringly, it “persisted undiminished and unintimidated”.1


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