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The Seven Years War

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The word "privateer" conjures a romantic image in the minds of most Americans.   Tales of battle and


bounty pervade the folklore of privateering, which has become a cherished, if often overlooked part of


our shared heritage.   Legends were forged during the battle for American independence, and these men were


understandably glorified as part of the formation of our national identity.   The fact of the matter is


that the vast majority of these men were common opportunists, if noteworthy naval warriors.   The profit


motive was the driving force behind almost all of their expeditions, and a successful privateer could


easily become quite wealthy.   In times of peace, these men would be common pirates, pariahs of the


maritime community.   Commissioned in times of war, they were respected entrepreneurs, serving their


purses and their country, if only incidentally the latter.   However vulgar their motivation, the system


of privateering arose because it provided a valuable service to the!


country, and indeed the American Revolution might not have been won without their involvement.   Many


scholars agree that all war begins for economic reasons, and the privateers of the war for independence


contributed by attacking the commercial livelihood of Great Britain's merchants.


    It is ironic that the entire notion of privateering began in Great Britain.   In 1649 a frigate named


Constant-Warwick was constructed in England for a privateer in the employ of the Earl of Warwick.


Seeing how profitable this investment was, a great many of the English peerage commissioned their own


privateers.   The Seven-Years War saw the proliferation of privateering on both the English and French


coasts as each attempted to disrupt their opponent's colonial trade.   American investors quickly entered


this battle, commissioning ships to prey upon cargo vessels coming to and from...
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