The War Against the Pirates

British and American Suppression of Caribbean Piracy in the Early Nineteenth Century
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ISBN-13:
9781137314147
Einband:
eBook
Seiten:
221
Autor:
Barry Gough
Serie:
Britain and the World
eBook Typ:
PDF
eBook Format:
eBook
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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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.

Chapter 1: Prologue; Piracy in the Historical Literature.- Chapter 2: Cockpit of Empires.- Chapter 3: The Law of  Piracy.- Chapter 4: Crossroads of the American Seas: Gulf, Cuba, Puerto Rico.- Chapter 5: Royal Navy at Work.- Chapter 6: US Navy Operations.- Chapter 7:               Commodore Porter and the Fajardo Affair.- Chapter 8: Common Cause:  Royal Navy  and US Navy Operations.- Chapter 9: Conclusion:  The Emergent Alliance.- Appendix 1: Chronology of Invasions of Cuba, 1812 -1850.- Appendix  2: Chronology of Invasions of Puerto Rico, 1800-1850.- Appendix 3: Sailing orders to Commodore Porter 1 February 1823.
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.

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