The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World

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Macmillan, 2005 - History - 228 pages
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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.
 

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Lambert (history, Purdue Univ.; The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America ) argues that the Barbary Wars were an American struggle for the exercise of free trade rather than a battle ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
1 The American Revolution Checked
15
2 Tribute or Arms?
49
3 Tributary to the Barbary States
79
4 The Cultural Construction of the Barbary Pirates
105
18015
123
Partisan Debate and British Harassment
157
7 The Algerine War of 1815 and American Independence in the Atlantic World
179
Notes
203
Acknowledgments
217
Index
219
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Frank Lambert teaches history at Purdue University.

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