A private war in the Caribbean : Nova Scotia privateering, 1793-1805

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dc.contributor.advisor Reid, John G., 1948-
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.coverage.spatial Caribbean Area
dc.coverage.spatial Caribbean Sea
dc.creator Conlin, Daniel George
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:20Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:20Z
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier.other JX5241 C66 1996
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22048
dc.description 139 leaves ; ill., maps ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 131-139).
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores privateering from the British Colonies in North American in the period between 1793 and 1805. It asks why individuals and communities turned to privateering and how they were affected by the enterprise. Privateers were privately owned warships licensed and regulated by the state to keep a portion of their raiding. In this period, a network of small coastal communities in Nova Scotia centred on Liverpool and Shelburne responded to disastrous changes in the military and trade environment with a small fleet of a dozen private warships which captured about sixty enemy vessels. Existing literature on privateering, mostly popular and amateur work, has interpreted this activity as the product of either patriotism or greed. However a closer look indicates that economic necessity as the driving force. The wars with Revolutionary France led to the capture of many Nova Scotia merchant ships and mariners, followed by crushing insurance rates and American encroachment of the fisheries and lucrative West Indies trade. Privateering was a response to this economic warfare that replaced Nova Scotia losses with captured enemy ships and found work for idle shipyards and seamen. In a sense, it was an armed defence of the economic markets of the Caribbean against French and American incursion. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc JX5241
dc.subject.lcsh Privateering -- Nova Scotia -- Economic aspects -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Privateering -- Nova Scotia -- Social aspects -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Privateering -- Caribbean Area -- History
dc.title A private war in the Caribbean : Nova Scotia privateering, 1793-1805
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in History
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline History
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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