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Protection from Piracy - 2

Pirates from the Barbary States preyed on ships off Africa’s western and Mediterranean coasts for centuries. After gaining independence, the U.S. lost British protection on the seas. In the 1780s and 1790s, pirates captured and enslaved many American sailors and demanded exorbitant ransoms for their return. With diplomatic means failing, Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy to defend against further attacks on American commerce.

1 Image Memorial of Hannah Stephens requesting the release of her husband... View All Images
2 Images Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the size of the Barbary Navy, ca. 1799–1800 View All Images
2 Images Thomas Jefferson, First annual message to Congress, December 8, 1801 View All Images
1 Image An Act for the Protection of Commerce of the U.S. in the... View All Images