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They were pirates

They were in Barbary

They had a boat and a skull and cross bones flag

At least one of them had a eye patch 

They liked bandana do-rags.

That's all

Oh, and then there's the parrot.

 

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2 minutes ago, Kzoo said:

I'm sure someone did.  I'm guessing the Icelanders knew.

 

The Barbary Pirates were actually more slavers than pirates.  Over the course of 2 centuries it is estimated that they captured over a million, mostly European, slaves.

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4 minutes ago, maddmaxx said:

Did anyone know that the Barbary Pirates raided Iceland?

I did not.

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29 minutes ago, late said:

Pirates out of what is now Libya.

Are you fishing for Marines? That was Jefferson.

FYI, no google.

Not bad!  Especially now that we have a more clear picture of your "high" intellect! ;) 

 

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They used to raid ships, mostly in the Mediterranean Sea, into the 1800's.  After the USA achieved independence, the British no longer protected our shipping and it was attacked vigorously by those pirates with cargoes and ships stolen and crews held for ransom. The U.S. Marines were sent to attack Tripoli, which they did successfully and taught them a lesson.  The resulting treaty with Tripoli, which was written by President John Adams, ratified by the Senate under V.P. Thomas Jefferson, and then signed during Jefferson's Presidency, stated, "The United States, which is not a Christian country..." is a famous document because it conclusively demonstrates that the founding fathers did not consider religion to be the basis for U.S. system of government.

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1 minute ago, Wilbur said:

Not bad!  Especially now that we have a more clear picture of your "high" intellect! ;) 

 

Actually the Ottoman provinces of Algeria, Tunisia and Tripolitania and the independent sultanate of Morocco

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1 minute ago, Razors Edge said:

You don't watch the Curse of Oak Island?  WTaF man!

No I prefer Hemoglobins Are Us.

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7 minutes ago, maddmaxx said:

Did anyone know that the Barbary Pirates raided Iceland?

No, but I knew that Sweden was at war with them for generations because of raids on Swedish shipping up through the time the U.S. Marines attacked Tripoli. Funny, several hundred years earlier, it was the Vikings from the Baltic who were raiding shipping from Tripoli and other Mediterranean ports.

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5 minutes ago, MickinMD said:

They used to raid ships, mostly in the Mediterranean Sea, into the 1800's.  After the USA achieved independence, the British no longer protected our shipping and it was attacked vigorously by those pirates with cargoes and ships stolen and crews held for ransom. The U.S. Marines were sent to attack Tripoli, which they did successfully and taught them a lesson.  The resulting treaty with Tripoli, which was written by President John Adams, ratified by the Senate under V.P. Thomas Jefferson, and then signed during Jefferson's Presidency, stated, "The United States, which is not a Christian country..." is a famous document because it conclusively demonstrates that the founding fathers did not consider religion to be the basis for U.S. system of government.

Well, this is "American history" which we have come to find out is somewhat biased and corrected to our benefit.  The Barbary Pirates were not halted until the French occupied most of the region.

When looked at from a purely military perspective the American foray was pretty much a failure.  The high point was the burning of an American warship, that had been captured by the pirates, before it could be used against us.  Paper was signed, platitudes were made but the piracy (slavery) continued.

It did make for a great few slogans though.

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Just now, MickinMD said:

Funny, several hundred years earlier, it was the Vikings from the Baltic who were raiding shipping from Tripoli and other Mediterranean ports.

Isn't it strange how life repeats itself?

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