The Pirate Coast

The Pirate Coast

Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

Book - 2005
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During the age of Napoleon and Lord Nelson, Thomas Jefferson sanctioned a covert operation to stop the Barbary Pirates of North Africa, who were capturing American ships and selling the passengers into slavery. In a compelling historical narrative Zacks recreates the mission of William Eaton, sent to overthrow the government of Tripoli in 1805: Eaton was recalled at the last moment by a Jefferson wary of intermeddling in a foreign government', but the American continued, recruiting a band of mercenaries and capturing Tripoli's second largest city.'
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2005.
ISBN: 9781401300036
Call Number: 973.47 ZACKS
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Pirates -- Africa, North -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Tripolitan War, 1801-1805.
United States -- History -- Tripolitan War, 1801-1805 -- Underground movements.
United States -- History -- Tripolitan War, 1801-1805 -- Naval operations.


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Mar 28, 2011

Timely and interesting history of America's initial engagement in a foreign civil war describing the first time the American flag was ever planted on foreign soil. This book is particularly timely with the US involvement in the current battles in Libya.

I found the analysis interesting in examining Jefferson's foreign policy and how he adapted to realities like the Barbary Pirates.


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