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Signed by the Author. Octavo, black boards (hardcover), gilt letters, uncut, xxii, 291 pp. Near-Fine, in a Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: They were legalized pirates empowered by the Continental Congress to raid and plunder, at their own considerable risk, as much enemy trade as they could successfully haul back to America's shores; they played a central role in America's struggle for independence and later turned their seafaring talents to the slave trade, embodying the conflict between enterprise and morality central to the American psyche. In Patriot Pirates, Robert H. Patton, grandson of the battlefield genius of World War II, writes that during America's Revolutionary War, what began in 1775 as a New England fad -- converting vivilian vessels to fast-sailing warships and defying the Royal Navy's overwhelming firepower to snatch its merchant shipping -- became a massie seaborne insurgency that ravaged the British economy and helped to win America's independence. More than two thousand privately owned warships were commissioned by Congress to prey on enemy transports, seize them by force, and sell the cargoes for prize money to be divided among the privateer's officers, crewmen, and owners. Patton writes how privateering engaged all levels of Revolutionary life, from the dockyards to the assembly halls; how it gae rise to an often cutthroat network of agents who sold captured goods and sparked wild speculation in purchased shares in privateer ventures, enabling sailors to make more money in a month than they might otherwise earn in a year. As one naval historian has observed, The great battles of the American Revolution were fought on land, but independence was won at sea.
Title: Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution.
Categories: American Revolution,
Publisher: New York: Pantheon Books, (2008). First Edition, stated.:
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