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Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 5. Tripolitan War (1801–1805) and Algerine War (1815)
Chapter 5. Tripolitan war (1801–1805) and Algerine war (1815)
Tripolitan War
At Issue in the Tripolitan War

The United States sought to end the piracy and extortion sanctioned by the “Barbary States.”

The Conflict

The “Barbary pirates” were Muslim seafarers who had been operating for centuries off the coast of North Africa from the so-called Barbary (or Berber) states, including present-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Financed by the region’s ...

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