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Author Gough, Barry M.,
Title The war against the pirates : British and American suppression of Caribbean piracy in the early nineteenth century / Barry Gough, Charles Borras.
Imprint London, United Kingdom : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]

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Author Gough, Barry M.,
Series Britain and the world
Britain and the world.
Subject Pirates -- Caribbean Area -- History -- 19th century.
Piracy -- Prevention -- History -- 19th century.
Spain -- History, Naval -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century.
United States -- History, Naval -- 19th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Alt Name Borras, Charles,
Description 1 online resource : maps.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Intro; Preface and Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Abbreviations; Chapter 1: Prologue: Piracy in the Historical Literature; Cuba and Puerto Rico as Focal Points; The Historiographical Legacy; The Political Economy of Piracy; Chapter 2: Cockpit of Empires; Chapter 3: The Law of Piracy; Chapter 4: Crossroads of the American Seas: Gulf, Cuba, and Puerto Rico; The 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
The Piratical Seizure of the Mexican and the Capture of the PandaAnglo-American Cooperation at Sea-and Tensions; Chapter 9: Conclusion: The Emergent Alliance; Appendix A: Chronology of Invasions of Cuba, 1812-1850; Appendix B: Chronology of Invasions of Puerto Rico, 1800-1850; Appendix C: Sailing Orders to Commodore Porter 1 February 1823; Bibliography; Index
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781137314147 (electronic bk.)
1137314141 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1057/978-1-137-31414-7
OCLC # 1038068034
Additional Format Print version: Gough, Barry M. War against the pirates. London, United Kingdom : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] 0230354815 (DLC) 2017964611 (OCoLC)1016047184

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