Jefferson and the tripoli pirates book
Brian Kilmeade, "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates"
Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates
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This slim volume recounts the often forgotten war that ensued after newly-elected President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay bribes to the pirates off the northern coast of Africa.
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When Thomas Jefferson became president in , America was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute far beyond what the new country could afford.