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Secretary of State William Marcy proposed, in what was soon dubbed the "Marcy amendment," that the United States would accept the abolition of privateering only if it was linked to the complete immunity of merchant shipping in wartime, regardless of flag.
Thomas Jefferson was also an ardent proponent of privateering: "every possible encouragement should be given to privateering in time of war.
describes the historical evolution, rise, and fall of privateering, a
Privateering had its origins at least as far back as the Middle Ages and appears to have begun with the merchants of Italian city-states.
The diversion of official time and attention to privateering, an ineffective way to wage war on its own, seems to have reduced the ability of the Royal Navy to prepare for and fight a war.
Buccaneering, or piracy, was not the same thing as privateering.
At the strategic level, a sufficient understanding is necessary because many of these invocations of privateering specifically refer to the United States, a considerable consumer of PMSC services on land.
The apogee of the privateering system undoubtedly occurred during the War of 1812.
In a story encompassing sea battles, privateering and press gangs, he brings to life the key events and central figures of the times.
David Starkey's aim in this book on eighteenth-century privateering is to refute its reputation as an activity little better than licensed piracy.
This charge touched on a sensitive matter: the historical connection among commerce warfare, privateering, and piracy.
The discussion of Dunkirk privateering in chapter 10, although brief, sheds considerable light on this aspect of naval warfare, which seems to have far outstripped the crown's fleets as a scourge of Madrid's maritime enemies.