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Protection from Piracy - 1

Barbary pirates preyed on ships off Africa's western and Mediterranean coasts for centuries. After U.S. independence, Britain withdrew protections for American ships formerly stipulated in treaties with the Barbary States. In the 1780s and 1790s, pirates captured and enslaved many American sailors, demanding exorbitant ransom payments. After diplomatic means failed, Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy to prevent further raids on American commerce.

1 Image Message from President George Washington to Congress, December 30,... View All Images
1 Image Report of Secretary of State on American captives at Algiers,... View All Images
3 Images Petition from Captain Richard O'Bryen to Congress, April 28, 1791 View All Images