Date of Graduation

Summer 2019


Master of Arts in History



Committee Chair

John Chuchiak


Piracy has a long history globally, but one of the most extreme periods of pirate activity occurred in the Caribbean Sea during the 16th through the 18th centuries. This thesis analyzes the socio-cultural impact that piracy produced in the port town of San Francisco de Campeche, located in the coastal area of the province of Yucatan in the Kingdom of New Spain. In this port and settlement, Spaniards, the Indigenous population, peoples of African descent and people from throughout the Spanish Empire suffered together the atrocities of the violent sackings and plundering by various groups of robbers from the sea (variously French Corsairs, English and Dutch Privateers, and buccaneers and pirates from all three nations). The objective of this work is to examine and chronicle the various changes that piracy produced in the daily lives of these people in Campeche.


piracy, smuggling, New Spain, Caribbean, everyday life, seventeenth century

Subject Categories

Latin American History


© Victor Alfonso Medina Lugo

Open Access