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E335.K55 2016
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TITLE: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history / Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.
AUTHOR: Kilmeade, Brian, author.
PUBLISHED: New York, New York : Sentinel, 2016.
DESCRIPTION: xviii, 246 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm.
EDITION: Paperback edition.
NOTES: Originally published in 2015.
NOTES: "With a new afterword"--Title page verso.
NOTES: Includes bibliographical references and index.
NOTES: This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimidation.
NOTES: When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack.
NOTES: Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.
NOTES: Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco).
NOTES: Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims.
NOTES: These rogue states would show no mercy -- at least not while easy money could be made by extorting America, France, England, and other powers.
NOTES: So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy's new warships and a detachment of marines to blockade Tripoli--
NOTES: launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America's journey toward future superpower status.
SUBJECT: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
SUBJECT: United States --History--Tripolitan War, 1801-1805.
SUBJECT: United States--History --Tripolitan War, 1801-1805--Naval operations.
SUBJECT: United States--History --Tripolitan War, 1801-1805 --Underground movements.
SUBJECT: Pirates--Africa, North --History --19th century.
SUBJECT: Pirates --Mediterranean Region --History --19th century.
SUBJECT: Africa, North --History, Naval--19th century.
ADDED ENTRY: Yaeger, Don, author.

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