Action at sea played a critical role in European and Anglo-American conflicts throughout the eighteenth century. Yet the oft-told narrative of the American Revolution tends to focus on battles on American soil or the debates and decisions of the Continental Congress. The Untold War at Sea: America’s Revolutionary Privateers is the first book to place American privateers and their experiences during the War for Independence front and center. Kylie A. Hulbert tells the story of privateers at home and abroad while chronicling their experiences, engagements, cruises and court cases. This study reconsiders the role privateers played in the Revolution and challenges the conventional view of privateers as opportunists motivated by profit. Despite their controversial tactics, Hulbert argues that privateers merit a place alongside minutemen and Continental soldiers and sailors as important contributors to American independence.
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