Jefferson and the barbary pirates book
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Written in lively style this book is both informative and a quick read. For most readers of Pull Together it will be a review of episodes in the early Navy, important to the history but all too easily forgotten. For years, if not centuries, the rulers of Barbary, Morocco, Tunis, Algiers and Tripoli, had sustained their realms on the booty and ransom extracted from European, and more recently, American merchant ships. At first the young United States tried negotiation and even ransom payment but soon found the amounts demanded for captured ships were ever-increasing, exorbitant and unaffordable. The only alternative seemed to be war: defeat the robbers and eliminate the problem. Algerines had swarmed the American merchant ship Dauphin off the coast of Portugal as early as The crew was held captive and the ship taken to Algiers.
Whether you have a personal connection to the U. For example:. Add to Bag. The Barbary Coast countries were nations of pirates. In reality, they often profited as slave traders and pirates who attacked shipping vessels sailing under any flag. The United States had no navy. When the Barbary countries began attacking American ships, the country had no choice but to agree to humiliating treaties in order to keep its economic lifeline on the high seas open.
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