The Barbary Wars

The Barbary Wars

American Independence in the Atlantic World

Book - 2005
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American independence was secured from Britain on September 3, 1783. Within a year, the American merchant ship "Betsey" was captured by Sallee Rovers, state-sponsored pirates operating out of the ports of Morocco. Algerian pirates quickly seized two more American ships: the boats were confiscated, their crews held captive, and ransom demanded of the fledging American government. The history of America's conflict with the piratical states of the Mediterranean runs through the presidencies of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison; the adoption of the Constitution; the Quasi-War with France and the War of 1812; the construction of a full-time professional navy; and, most important, the nation's haltering steps toward commercial independence. Frank Lambert's genius is to see in the Barbary Wars the ideal means of capturing the new nation's shaky emergence in the complex context of the Atlantic world. Depicting a time when Britain ruled the seas and France most of Europe, "The Barbary Wars" proves America's earliest conflict with the Arabic world was always a struggle for economic advantage rather than any clash of cultures or religions.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2005.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780809095339
Branch Call Number: 973.47 L173
Characteristics: 228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm

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