In 1801, when Thomas Jefferson took office, America was facing a massive debt, and largely due to outside influences. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary Coast were capturing American merchant ships and taking sailors as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments that exceeded what the country could afford.
For fifteen years, America sought a diplomatic solution. They tried working with the four Muslim powers (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco) driving the piracy. Negotiations were failing, and it was time to switch tactics. Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy to stand up to the piracy. Sending the U.S. Navy and Marines to blockade Tripoli, he launched the Barbary Wars and began America's journey toward superpower status.
Not one of the most popular events in history, few people remember the heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.”
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recalls this forgotten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.
- Americans Abroad
- Secretary Jefferson
- The Humiliation of the USS George Washington
- Jefferson Takes Charge
- A Flagpole Falls
- The First Flotilla
- Skirmish at Sea
- Patience Wears Thin
- The Doldrums of Summer
- The Omens of October
- The Philadelphia Disaster
- By the Cover of Darkness
- The Battle of Tripoli
- Opening a New Front
- Win the Desert or Die in the Desert
- Fair Winds and Following Seas