The Spirit of '76 Volume 1

The Spirit of '76 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...of these Barbary powers, and tribute and ransom, or the dungeon of the pirates were the alternatives. This condition of things was the disgrace of Europe. For nearly two years these powers had been growing in wealth and insolence, and it is astonishing to read that nearly or quite every commercial Christian nation was paying tribute to these cut-throats Already in 1803-1805, previous to the outbreak of the War of 1812, these pirates of Tangiers had demanded the government of the United States to pay tribute. Ever since 1785, the Dey of Algiers had found American merchantmen fruitful sources of income. The first nation to resent this outrage was that of America. Three different naval sqadrons had been fitted out to teach these powers a lesson. In 1803, Commodore Preble proceeded to this work. Tangiers was brought to terms. Then followed the demands on Tripoli, and that power was at last brought to reason. In one month's time he made no less than five attacks on the oity of Tripoli, when a satisfactory peace was rendered possible and was signed in 1805. Prisoners were loosed from the Moorish dungeons and promises for the future were freely given. But the peace proved only a patchwork at last. The state of things continued to grow worse until 1815. As soon as the Treaty of Ghent with Great Britain was signed, the government of the (Jnited States turned its attention once more to the Barbary powers. To our American navy belongs the imperishable honor of having set the first example of resistance to these infamous powers. An American squadron, under Captain Bainbridge and Stephen Decatur, pre sented itself before the Dey of Algiers, on June 8, 1815, and from that date the United States ceased to pay tribute to the bloodthirsty pirates; and...show more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236762088
  • 9781236762085