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The End of Barbary Terror: America's 1815 War Against the Pirates of North Africa

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When Barbary pirates captured an obscure Yankee sailing brig off the coast of North Africa in 1812, enslaving eleven American sailors, President James Madison first tried to settle the issue through diplomacy. But when these efforts failed, he sent the largest American naval force ever gathered to that time, led by the heroic Commodore Stephen Decatur, to end Barbary terro ...more
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Joel Trono-Doerksen
This book, with its entirely inappropriate title, was a master class of Euro-Americacentric propaganda. Firstly, it suggests that Morocco was subject to the Ottoman sultan and paid them tribute which is entirely incorrect and any student of North Africa should know this. When talking about the Moors, the author says that they were descended from "Muslims who had crossed into Spain...before retreating back to North Africa in previous centuries." This is a total white wash of Muslim Spanish histor ...more
May 26, 2012 Jerome rated it it was amazing
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Having enjoyed Richard Zacks' excellent The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines & the Secret Mission of 1805, I was looking for a book on the the more obscure 1815 war with the Barbary states and this was what I came up with.

This is a rich and detailed, if unevenly paced, look at an obscure event in U.S. naval history. "The End of Barbary Terror" describes a rather dashing adventure by a young U.S. Navy fresh off the Battle of 1812 with the British. Despite these challenges a b
Oct 01, 2009 Donna rated it liked it
Islamic terrorists off the coast of North Africa regularly captured ships with Christian crews to use the crew and any passengers as slaves. In 1815, fresh from the war against Britain and with a brand new Navy, the United States stood up against the Barbary pirates to end the practice of capturing (white) Americans, not seeing the irony in America capturing Africans for slavery. To this day the United States still has a warship stationed off the northern coast of Africa.

The book is light yet in
Feb 09, 2013 Debbie added it
Fantastic story of the nascent US navy. The basis of the economy of the Algerians was kidnapping white sailors on the Med Sea and holding them for ransom. If not ransomed, they became slaves. The powers of Europe paid Tribute to stop this, but the US didn't care to pay the Dey and therefore sent Commodores Decatur and Bainbridge to tell the Dey how they felt.
This helped us be an international power.. we left ships in the Mediterranean as a guardian presence. Also the first step in stopping slav
Fredrick Danysh
The capture of Tripoli did not end raids on American ships. During the War of 1812, Britian encouraged the pirates of Algiers to prey on Americans. After the conclusion of the War of 1812, The United States decided to use force against the Barbary pirates to end attacks on American ships. This is the story of how the Barbary pirates were defeated and the ultimate end of Christaib slavery by the Barbary states. A very interesting read.
Dec 01, 2010 Bruce rated it really liked it
Fresh off the War of 1812, the United States uses the capture of an American merchant ship and her crew by Algiers to launch a fleet determined to confront the Barbary pirates and force the release of the enslaved Americans. Using documents, ship's logs, letters and personal accounts, 'End of the Barbary Terror' is a compelling look at the beginnings of American gun-boat diplomacy, and one of the few books to tackle this fascinating era of history. Highly recommended.
Mar 12, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing
When I first saw this book I thought "Shores of Tripoli" and all that. This actually occurs about ten years later. The book covers the decisions to go to the North African Coast and who was to be in charge of which section. Decatur's actions precluded others from regaining reputations and rankled some in the Navy. By successfully beating the Algerian bey Decatur changed the views of several European countries regarding the Barbary pirates activities and economic base.
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Fantastic history book. Nice read and very informative. Highly recommended
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