AuthorGlasco, Jeffrey Duane
AdvisorCosgrove, Richard A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe buccaneers of the Caribbean were pirates based at colonial English Jamaica from 1659 to 1671. Because of the lack of funds for a military garrison, the governors of colonial Jamaica issued privateering commissions to attract pirates to the colony a~. c\ reserve military force. The buccaneers created their own social organization, drawng upon preceden s from the English military, the cultur.e of sailors, and various groups of Frenchmen on Hispaniola. The ranks of the buccaneers swelled with lower class men abundant in the Caribbean. The hardship of life as pirates and the need to create an effective privateering society shaped the buccaneers' culture. Starting from an egalitarian base, the rise of powerful captains created an economic and rank hierarchy that stratified portions Qf buccaneer life. Untoppled throughout their existence was the social egalitarian nature of the buccaneers.
Degree ProgramGraduate College