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Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740

Mark G. Hanna


Analyzing the rise and subsequent fall of international piracy from the perspective of colonial hinterlands, this book explores the often overt support of sea marauders in maritime communities from the inception of England's burgeoning empire in the 1570s to its administrative consolidation by the 1740s. Although traditionally depicted as swashbuckling adventurers on the high seas, pirates played a crucial role on land. Far from a hindrance to trade, their enterprises contributed to commercial development and to the economic infrastructure of port towns.

Keywords: piracy, colonial hinterlands, sea marauders, maritime communities, port towns, economic infrastructure, pirates, England, trade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469617947
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark G. Hanna, author