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Osprey Elite 74: Privateers and Pirates 1730-1830 Illustrated by Angus McBride
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Subject: Military & War
Special Attributes: Illustrated
Publication Year: 2001
Language: English
Format: Paperback

Following the pirate scourge of the early 18th century, many sea captains took to privateering as a means of making money. A form of nationally sponsored piracy, it reached its peak during the American Revolution (1763-1776), when the fledgling American navy had to rely on privateers to disrupt British shipping between England and the rebellious colonies. Following peace in 1815, many former privateers turned to piracy, spawning the last great piratical wave, which would last for a decade. The world of these privateers and latter-day pirates comes vividly to life in this detailed exploration of their ships, crews, ports and battle tactics