England's privateers and pirates from Hawkins to Kidd : between the law and illegality, 1500-1750

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dc.contributor.advisor Alves, Abel A.
dc.contributor.author Caviness, Aly
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-14T12:59:02Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-14T12:59:02Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-02
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/199552
dc.description.abstract This thesis argues that in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Atlantic piracy became less tolerated as the British Empire replaced the Spanish as the world’s dominant power. Previously, piracy and privateering had been an acceptable and useful venture employed by European powers that wished to challenge the Spanish monopoly of the New World. A variety of changes brought about by the shifting of imperial powers made piracy less acceptable in the early eighteenth century. Eventually categorized as hostis humani generis (the common enemy against all mankind) in international law, pirates were considered both economic criminals and moral ones in both law and in moralistic rhetoric. Additionally, Spain’s ineffective policies against pirates contributed to the rise of an English empire in the Americas, which made piracy less and less useful. Finally, a case study of the execution of Captain William Kidd (1645-1701) encapsulates the transition between chaotic early modern period and the codified modern one. All together, this thesis will show that British prioritization of economic prosperity made the useful disorderliness of piracy obsolete in the New World, eventually leading to its eradication in the 1730s. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of History
dc.description.tableofcontents The historiography of Atlantic piracy -- "Upon the consideration of the good of his subjects, and for the security of trade" : the moral and economic implications of piracy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries -- A challenge to Spanish sovereignty : pirates and privateers as transnational entrepreneurs in an age of empire -- The imperfect execution of Captain William Kidd.
dc.subject.lcsh Pirates -- Western Hemisphere -- History -- 16th century.
dc.subject.lcsh Pirates -- Western Hemisphere -- History -- 17th century.
dc.subject.lcsh Pirates -- Western Hemisphere -- History -- 18th century.
dc.subject.lcsh Buccaneers -- History.
dc.subject.other Spain -- Colonies -- America.
dc.subject.other Kidd, William, -1701.
dc.title England's privateers and pirates from Hawkins to Kidd : between the law and illegality, 1500-1750 en_US
dc.title.alternative Title on signature form: England's pirates & privateers from Hawkins to Kidd : between the law & illegality, 1500-1750
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1784577


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