When Americans think of the Revolutionary War, the War for Independence, they think fife and drum, Minute Men, tri-cornered hats, George Washington on horseback.
When the British of 1776 — and ’77 and ’78 — thought of the American Revolution, many thought “pirates.” Cannon and cutlass and brigands on the high seas.
Washington and the Continental Congress unleashed thousands of American vessels — patriots and fortune seekers — to go after British shipping. And they did it with a vengeance.
This hour, On Point: Privateers, private booty, and the American Revolution.
Joining us from New York is Robert H. Patton, author of “Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution.”
Read an excerpt from “Patriot Pirates.”