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Bringing history to life,
This review is from: Tripoli: The United States' First War on Terror (Mass Market Paperback)Tripoli is a fascinating look into at the early 1800s and the United States' involvement in the Mediterranean. In movies the pirates are usually portrayed as romantic swashbucklers out to have adventures. In reality they ruled their part of the world with an iron fist demanding "gifts" from the governments of other countries. Of course, at the time they didn't call them bribes--but if the "gifts" weren't forthcoming, then war was declared on the country that didn't cooperate.
William Eaton was first assigned to be the Consul in Tunis for the United States. The Bey, the pirate leader, demanded continual "gifts" escalating the value every six months. Eaton tried and tried to please the Bey but the demands became outlandish. Eventually the U.S. sent a warship to the area--but, were they at war? The Bey had declared war, but Captain Sterritt of the Enterprise had no word from his own government.
Eventually word came and the Barbary Territories and the U.S. were officially at war. It was a long war with many battles. William Eaton became a general and led his men through many battles, culminating in the battle at the fort in Derna.
This is an interesting look into the time when our country was young and trying to establish itself in the world of commerce, and the struggles we faced abroad as well as the courage and determination of the men involved.
Armchair Interviews says: A well-done history lesson.