Book Review -- "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, . . . .

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Book Review -- "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, . . . .

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:55 pm

>>>> Book Review -- “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, The Forgotten War that Changed American History.” <<<<

This book is an summary of the Barbary Wars during the period of 1800-1805. This war was finally declared, after a period of ten years in which a band of pirates demanding ever growing greater tributes and ransoms from the United States. These pirates were operating off the Barbary Coast in the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean was an area in which maritime commerce could and would flourish except for the pirate band and their fleet of swift ships and wild vicious crews who overhauled and stopped American ships, captured the crews and then ransomed them back to the U.S. America was demanded an ever-increasing sum of money as a Tribute to even allow American ships to pass into the seas there and trade.

This is also the story that tells of President Jefferson’s final decision to go to war with the Barbary Pirates of the four North African States of Tripoli, Morocco, Tunis, and Algeria and teach these pirates a lesson with a major military action that would finally free the seas of the Mediterranean Area, and demand that they should be kept free for access and trade, and to assure the freedom for the captured American crews.

Finally, this is a story of the courage and fighting skills of our ships and their crews, and those naval heros who rose to fame for their bravery and determination during that war. The now famous attack by a gentleman of the name William Eaton, who was at the time acting as an American Consul, and his ragtag army, which consisted of eight marines together with a mercenary force of Bedouin, and Greek soldiers and the long, and arduous, overland attack that finally forced the surrender of the Barbary Pirates and their chiefs, together with their submission to the demands of the young United States.


>> Brian Kilmeade, Don Yeager, “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History,” Military Officer Magazine, (J. G. Elliott Co. Inc., N.Y., February 2016), Page, 22.

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens
Marcus Minucius Audens

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