Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Here is a bit of American history that you may not have studied in school,(I know I didn't). Sure, we have all heard of the Barbary pirates but did you know that the pirates and Bashaws of the four Muslim nations of Morocco, Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli pretty much controlled which merchant ships could pass through and would charge exorbitant tributes? If a country could not pay the tribute then their ships would be captured and all persons aboard would become slaves. Thomas Jefferson worked for years to free up trade along the Mediterranean and the African coasts. This is an interesting and well written account of that first American war on foreign lands. There are many characters and vivid battle scenes. Very Good!

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