HI127 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Spanish Treasure Fleet, Woodes Rogers, Wage Labour

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29 Jul 2016
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This lecture opposes what konstam says about the golden age pirates. The dates and numbers are constantly being debated about the golden age. Their main targets were merchant ships which their main enemy being the british royal. The royal navy was stronger so they often avoided battle with them. Another big target was ships carrying slaves which they would sell in the underground slave trade. During the golden age there was a boom in the slave trade. This was due to the increasing value of sugar. At this time there is also trade between the atlantic world and india/asia. East india company (british colonization of india) Also spanish galleons that provided trade from south america to asia over the. Buccaneer decline (a lot of them were out of work, they would have had some allegiance with their countries) and many of them would turn to piracy which was on the rise.

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