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Prize and PrejudicePrivateering and Naval Prize in Atlantic Canada in the War of 1812$
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Faye Margaret Kert

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780968128817

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780968128817.001.0001

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The Fortunes of War

The Fortunes of War

(p.135) Chapter 6 The Fortunes of War
Prize and Prejudice

Faye Margaret Kert

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the economic impact of prize-making by both privateers and the Royal Navy on Atlantic Canada. It considers the following factors: commercial warfare; blockades; compulsory convoys; the risks of insuring trade and the risks of securing trade to confirm that American trade was choked by privateering and prize-making, which led to the complete collapse of the American war effort. The author concludes that the war was a futile military exercise, but a successful war against maritime trade.

Keywords:   Naval Prize-making, Naval Blockades, Maritime Privateering, Maritime Warfare, Royal Navy

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