The indigenous, the English captive, and the settlement of a ‘fictional’ pirate haven in Madagascar 1690-1730

Allison, Emma (2016) The indigenous, the English captive, and the settlement of a ‘fictional’ pirate haven in Madagascar 1690-1730. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Madagascar, in all its vast glory, once stood out - albeit quietly - amongst the world powers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The principal reason for this inordinate success was not only its prime location, but what it had to offer those who had the resolve to journey there. Pirates, merchants, and voyagers alike migrated to the island, in the bid to discover the wonders it held. Nevertheless, there is a stark absence of primary documentation that brings forth habitual concerns when studying the late seventeenth century. This study will endeavour to utilise what sources have been obtainable, in accordance with official reports and a scholarly approach to these works. It will, through these sources, demonstrate the role Madagascar and the natives had with regards to Europeans. A critical examination of historiographical texts from the eighteenth century through to the present day will be retrieved in due course, to coincide with the much debated, but still highly intriguing A General History of Pyrates. Additionally, this study will attempt to expand pre-existing arguments surrounding Drury’s time captive on the island, and the controversies that have preluded the journal. Both sources will not only form the main premise of the study, but will be dealt with in such a way that the main historiographic approach has vastly overlooked. This study also purposes to address queries surrounding Madagascar, its native inhabitants and those who sought to dwell there, namely European and American marauders and merchants. Examining the sources that have been obtainable through the study of these individuals, it will put forth the argument that Madagascar between 1690 and 1730 was surely a haven of sorts, to all who sought to dwell there.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 15:29
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:29

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