In Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots, Tyson Reeder examines the Portuguese Empire’s response to the liberation movements sweeping Latin America in comparison to the British Empire’s response to the American Revolution. It reveals how those differences led to turbulent transnational exchanges between the United States and Brazil as merchants, smugglers, rogue officials, slave traders, and pirates sought to trade outside legal confines. Reeder explains how the differences between the Portuguese and British Empires resulted in the two independent nations forming completely different styles of government and how both became fellow slave powers rather than republics. Reeder is an editor with The Papers of James Madison at the University of Virginia.
Hardcover, 335 pages.