College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in History - Thesis (MA)
Pirate, Colonialism, Jamaica, British Empire, Caribbean, Trade
Goins, Aaron M., "British Piracy Policy In Jamaica" (2020). Masters Theses. 683.
The British used piracy as a tool of empire to gain a foothold the Caribbean until they had enough resources to create an empire of their own. Piracy functioned as an insurgency for the British keeping the competition in the new world below the threshold of war in Europe but still detrimental to the Spanish. The British used this chaos and the resources it brought in to build themselves while hurting the Spanish. Then, once the British desired stability over chaos they ceased use of pirates and started hunting pirates.