464 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 22 halftones, 6 maps, notes, index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-1794-7
Published: November 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1795-4
Published: October 2015
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3604-7
Published: April 2017
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Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press
Awards & distinctions
2016 Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians
2016 John Ben Snow Book Prize, North American Conference on British Studies
Honorable Mention, 2015 John Lyman Book Award, North American Society for Oceanic History
English piracy and unregulated privateering flourished in the Pacific, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean because of merchant elites' active support in the North American colonies. Sea marauders represented a real as well as a symbolic challenge to legal and commercial policies formulated by distant and ineffectual administrative bodies that undermined the financial prosperity and defense of the colonies. Departing from previous understandings of deep-sea marauding, this study reveals the full scope of pirates' activities in relation to the landed communities that they serviced and their impact on patterns of development that formed early America and the British Empire.
About the Author
Mark G. Hanna is associate professor of history at the University of California, San Diego.
For more information about Mark G. Hanna, visit the Author Page.
"Hanna's well-argued and exhaustively researched book will stand as the critical work on early modern British piracy for some time, but it is also essential reading for anyone interested in the development of the empire."--William and Mary Quarterly
“This work enlarges the understanding of piracy [and] . . . enriches and displays the maritime foundations of the British Empire. . . . Highly recommended.”--Choice
“Ably details the symbiotic relationship between pirates and colonial ports [and] illuminates the differences in perspective between England and her colonies.”--Pirates and Privateers
“[An] ambitious investigation into the political role of pirates in shaping colonial British American society in the seventeenth century. . . . A valuable addition to a sparse literature on politics in this period.”--Journal of Southern History
“By piling up a treasure-trove of archival information from Britain and its colonies, Hanna has written one of the most important works on piracy to appear in the last three decades.”--Canadian Journal of History
"This book will make an excellent read for popular audiences who are curious about the history of piracy, and it will also be an essential piece of historiography for future historians and researchers."--Journal of Maritime Research