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Pirates, Merchants, Settlers, and Slaves: Colonial America and the Indo-Atlantic World

Kevin P. McDonald


Over one thousand Atlantic-born pirates poured into the Indian Ocean in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, launching an informal global trade network that spanned the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds, connecting the North American colonies with the rich trading world of the East Indies. This commerce was directed from neither London nor Lisbon, and neither by a chartered trade company nor by the state. Instead, colonial merchants in New York entered into an informal alliance with Euro-American pirates, who functioned as cross-cultural brokers in settlements they founded in Ma ... More

Keywords: New York, trade networks, merchants, Atlantic world, interlopers, Madagascar, slavery, pirates, Indian Ocean, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520282902
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin P. McDonald, author
Loyola Marymount University