From Some Freebooters’ Communities’ Radical Independence to Interdependence Between Colonial Governorship and Piracy in the Americas, Late 17th-Early 18th Centuries: a Few Case Studies

Abstract : The assessment of piracy has evolved through time, according to various viewpoints and perspectives. If the pirate was seen as the “enemy of all mankind” by established societies, the pirate himself may have simply been in search of a new way of life, away from the brutalities of Navy captains (Rediker), or the religious intolerance in his native country (Hill), sometimes even creating a counter-society, breaking as they did with the then established norms of social inequality (Rogozinski, Le Bris: “Utopia’s dark angels”). So, historical experience here would appear at variance with Molloy’s views of unredeemable arch-villainy. More importantly, historiography, especially Northern American, has re-assessed the function of piracy in the Americas: breaking with the tenet of the “enemy of all mankind” at war with European and colonial authorities alike, several historians, over the past decade, have proposed a reinterpretation of piratical action in the light of colonization – not as an obstacle to it, but as a support to it, or even the spearhead of it. This view of things tends to break with the conception of the pirate as a downright rebel creating his own personal utopia on a far-off island. How would the notion of independence be negotiated under such circumstances, we may wonder?
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Sophie Jorrand. From Some Freebooters’ Communities’ Radical Independence to Interdependence Between Colonial Governorship and Piracy in the Americas, Late 17th-Early 18th Centuries: a Few Case Studies. Colloque international - Indépendance(s) 2016-1776, Hélène Aji (Paris Ouest), Brigitte Félix (Paris 8), Audrey Fogels (Paris 8), Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (Paris 8, IUF), Oct 2016, Paris VIII, Saint-Denis (93), France. ⟨hal-02385424⟩

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