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Reasons To Ban Pirates From Madagascar

As Madagascar was rich in natural resources and far removed from the influence of the English, Dutch and Spanish crowns, Pirates flocked to the island in great numbers to set up bases and perpetuate their malicious practices on the High Seas. The French colonists that settled in Madagascar were virtually powerless to stop the increasing number of buccaneers that arrived. In order to maintain their foothold on the island, the French offered no resistance.
The above document probably found its way to the English House Of Commons in the late 17th Century. It beseeched the British Crown to enact measures to reduce the masses of English pirates gathering in Madagascar. The page clearly makes reference to the pirates' "destructive trade" and warns about the English buccaneers growing to a "formidable body" in comprising 4/5 of all foreign pirates. As the East Indies were close by, many local governments feared that these British Pirates would disrupt the business of the company by attacking its ships.
The above article also mentions that Madagascar had been divided into several "petty kingdoms", each which was governed by a local lord. The pirates threatened the security of these lesser kingdoms as their numbers expanded. Also, the pirates were taking local women as their brides and mistresses and bearing children that further increased the foreign population. The officials of Madagascar feared that eventually the island would become a "Settlement Of Robbers".
Eventually the British Crown made an offer to conscript Privateers in an effort to draw out the English population of Madagascar. It worked to a very little effect.

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