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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History tells the little-known story of the Barbary Wars. During the early years of the new republic, America had no navy, and no funds with which to pay the bribes that Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli demanded. However, after American prisoners were made slaves, Jefferson and Adams knew the cost of keeping ships away would be greater than the cost of addressing the problem-but how? Should America remain neutral? Or use military power? 246 pages, indexed, softcover.
|Title: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History|
By: Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.30 (inches)|
Weight: 9 ounces
Stock No: WW12943X
When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt, with its economy and dignity under attack. Pirates from North Africas Barbary Coast routinely captured American merchant ships and held the sailors as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.
For fifteen years, America had tried to work with the four Muslim powers (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco) driving the piracy, but negotiation proved impossible. Realizing it was time to stand up to the intimidation, Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy and Marines to blockade Tripolilaunching the Barbary Wars and beginning Americas journey toward future superpower status.
Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our countrys battles in the air, on land and sea." Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgotten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.