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Institutionalized Piracy and the Development of the Jamaica Sloop, 1630-1743

Title: Institutionalized Piracy and the Development of the Jamaica Sloop, 1630-1743.
Name(s): Evans, Amanda Michelle, author
Ward, Cheryl A., professor directing thesis
Leshikar-Denton, Margaret, committee member
Parkinson, William, committee member
Herrera, Robinson, outside committee member
Department of Anthropology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: English colonists on the island of Jamaica in the seventeenth century struggled with adversity while attempting to establish a permanent settlement. At the time, England lacked the infrastructure necessary to support a prolonged military presence in the Caribbean and English colonists were left to defend themselves amidst hostile neighboring islands. Privateers and pirates operating from Tortuga were lured to Port Royal, Jamaica, and their presence provided a source of security to the colony. Money spent by the privateers also supported the local economy. As the economy of Jamaica stabilized, pirates who once protected the island began preying upon Jamaican shipping. Colonists, influenced by the geophysical environment, economics and politics, were stimulated by piracy to improve upon inadequate ship designs and create an adapted design to mitigate their vulnerability to piratical attack at sea. The resulting ships, known as Jamaica sloops, became renowned for speed and maneuverability.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0488 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Anthropology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: March 4, 2005.
Keywords: Piracy, Cultural Ecology, Caribbean, Royal Navy, Sloop, Jamaica, Agency
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Cheryl A. Ward, Professor Directing Thesis; Margaret Leshikar-Denton, Committee Member; William Parkinson, Committee Member; Robinson Herrera, Outside Committee Member.
Subject(s): Anthropology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Evans, A. M. (2005). Institutionalized Piracy and the Development of the Jamaica Sloop, 1630-1743. Retrieved from