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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_Coast

The Barbary Coast, or Berber Coast, was the term used by Europeans from the 16th until the early 19th century to refer to much of the collective land of the Berber people. Today, the term Greater Tamazgha or simply "Tamazgha" (" Greater Maghreb") corresponds roughly to "Barbary". The term Barbary Coast emphasizes the ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War

The First Barbary War (1801–1805), also known as the Tripolitanian War and the Barbary Coast War, was the first of two Barbary Wars, in which the United States and Sweden fought against the four North African states known collectively as the "Barbary States". Three of these were nominal provinces of the Ottoman Empire ...

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gwpapers.virginia.edu/history/topics/gw-and-the-barbary-coast-pirates

One consequence of this was an increase in piracy in the Atlantic Ocean, and on 25 July 1785 Algerian pirates captured the Maria off the coast of Portugal, taking its crew as hostages. On 30 July in nearby waters other pirates overtook the Dauphin, captained by Richard O'Bryen. Each American ship had a crew of ...

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www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/feb/11/chain-email/barbary-wars-did-us-declare-war-islam

Feb 11, 2015 ... "Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over 200 years ago, the United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge! "At the height of the 18th century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, ...

www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/weekinreview/12gettleman.html

Apr 11, 2009 ... They also figured early in the naval career of one William Bainbridge, an officer who was sent to pay tribute to the dey of Algiers in 1800, was later captured during the war along with his ship, and went on to become a hero of the War of 1812. Last week, in an irony probably lost on the Somalis, it was a ...

www.city-journal.org/html/jefferson-versus-muslim-pirates-13013.html

When I first began to plan my short biography of Thomas Jefferson, I found it difficult to research the chapter concerning the so-called Barbary Wars: an event or .... thanks to Edward Preble and Stephen Decatur, who mounted a daring raid on Tripoli's harbor and blew up the captured ship, while inflicting heavy damage on ...

history.state.gov/milestones/1801-1829/barbary-wars

The Barbary Wars. The practice of state-supported piracy and ransoming of captives was not wholly unusual for its time. Many European states commissioned privateers to attack each ... Moroccan Sultan Sidi Muhammad had seized a U.S. merchant ship in 1784 after the United States had ignored diplomatic overtures.