Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History
- Publish Date: 2016-10-18
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Brian Kilmeade;Don Yaeger
When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt, with its economy and dignity under attack. Pirates from North Africaâs 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 Tripoliâlaunching the Barbary Wars and beginning Americaâs journey toward future superpower status.
Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: âFrom the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our countryâs battles in the air, on land and sea.â 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.