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By Frederick C. Leiner

Whilst Barbary pirates captured an vague Yankee crusing brig off the coast of North Africa in 1812, enslaving 11 American sailors, President James Madison despatched the most important American naval strength ever accrued to that point, led through the heroic Commodore Stephen Decatur, to finish Barbary terror as soon as and for all.
Drawing upon quite a few send logs, journals, love letters, and govt records, Frederick C. Leiner paints a shiny photograph of the realm of naval officials and diplomats within the early 19th century, as he recreates a awesome and little identified episode from the early American republic. Leiner first describes Madison's preliminary efforts at international relations, sending Mordecai Noah to barter. but if the ruler refused to ransom the Americans--"not for 2 hundreds of thousands of dollars"--Madison declared warfare and despatched a fleet to North Africa. Decatur's squadron dealt quickly blows to the Barbary army, dramatically combating and taking pictures ships. Decatur then sailed to Algiers. He refused to move ashore to negotiate--indeed, he refused to barter on any crucial aspect. The ruler of Algiers signed the treaty--in Decatur's phrases, "dictated on the mouths of our cannon"--in twenty-four hours. the us could by no means pay tribute to the Barbary international back, and the captive americans have been set free.
Here then is a real-life naval event that might thrill lovers of Patrick O'Brian, a narrative of Islamic terrorism, white slavery, poison gasoline, diplomatic intrigue, and battles with pirates at the excessive seas.

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