Britain and the World

The War Against the Pirates

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

Authors: Gough, Barry, Borras, Charles

  • 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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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.

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.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Prologue: Piracy in the Historical Literature

    Gough, Barry (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Cockpit of Empires

    Gough, Barry (et al.)

    Pages 13-25

  • The Law of Piracy

    Gough, Barry (et al.)

    Pages 27-40

  • Crossroads of the American Seas: Gulf, Cuba, and Puerto Rico

    Gough, Barry (et al.)

    Pages 41-71

  • Royal Navy at Work

    Gough, Barry (et al.)

    Pages 73-104

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-31414-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-230-35481-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The War Against the Pirates
Book Subtitle
British and American Suppression of Caribbean Piracy in the Early Nineteenth Century
Authors
Series Title
Britain and the World
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31414-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-31414-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-35481-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 221
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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