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History of the Liverpool Privateers and Letters of Marque With an Account of the Liverpool Slave Trade

by Gomer Williams

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History Series

History of the Liverpool Privateers and Letters of Marque With an Account of the Liverpool Slave Trade Synopsis

This book, first published in 1897, examines two important factors in the growth of Liverpool as a major port: privateering and the slave trade. It incorporates a large amount of primary source material, including extracts from letters and newspaper reports. Privateeering developed as Britain became a global maritime power through merchant shipping and exploration, privateers being ships and individuals authorised by the government through Letters of Marque to attack and capture foreign ships for profit. Williams recounts the exploits of several notorious privateers sailing from Liverpool, and describes how the industry functioned and flourished during the French revolution, the Seven Years' War and the American wars. He provides much practical detail, including how best to capture ships while causing them minimal damage. The second part of his book is still regarded as a classic history of the Liverpool slave trade, and clearly reveals the author's anti-imperialist views.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108026277
Publication date: 3rd February 2011
Author: Gomer Williams
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 748 pages
Categories: Slavery & abolition of slavery, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,

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