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Author Zacks, Richard.

Title The pirate coast : Thomas Jefferson, the first marines, and the secret mission of 1805 / Richard Zacks.

Imprint New York : Hyperion, c2005.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    973.47 ZAC    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description viii, 432 p., [8] p. of plates : ill, maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [417]-421) and index.
Summary In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out in 1805 on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson, but at the last moment he grew wary of "intermeddling" in a foreign government, and Eaton set off without national support. Short on supplies, given very little money and only a few men, Eaton's mission seemed doomed from the start. But he improbably triumphed, recruiting a band of European mercenaries in Alexandria, along with some Arab cavalry and Bedouin fighters, and leading them on a march across the Libyan Desert. The success of the event is immortalized in the Marines' Hymn, but Jefferson never allowed Eaton the fame he craved.--From publisher description.
Subject Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Pirates -- Africa, North -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Tripolitan War, 1801-1805.
United States -- History -- Tripolitan War, 1801-1805 -- Underground movements.
United States -- History -- Tripolitan War, 1801-1805 -- Naval operations.
ISBN 1401300030 : $25.95

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