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History of the Liverpool Privateers and Letters of Marque

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


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History

  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108026277

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  • 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.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108026277
    • length: 748 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 42 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Privateering:
    1. A peep behind the scenes
    2. The story of Captain Fortunatus Wright and Selim, the Armenian captive
    3. Privateers of the Seven Years' War
    4. Privateers of the American War of Independence
    5. Liverpool privateers and letters of marque ships during the wars of the French Revolution
    6. Liverpool privateers during the second war with America
    Part II. The Liverpool Slave Trade:
    1. The Liverpool slave trade, how it originated and thrived
    2. Captain John Newton
    3. The massacre at Old Calabar
    4. The abolition movement
    5. Horrors of the middle passage
    6. Emoluments of the traffic. A millionaire's ventures
    7. The corporation and the slave trade
    8. Captain Hugh Crow

  • Author

    Gomer Williams

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