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Thomas Luny (1769-1837) painting of Bombardment of Algiers in August 1816 depicting major attack on Barbary pirate stronghold by joint Spanish-Neapolitan-Maltese-Portuguese fleet commanded by the experienced Spanish Admiral Antonio Barceló, causing high casualties that brought fear of another attack, eventually forcing a peace treaty.

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HISTORY CORNER: U.S. Navy and Marines defeat Barbary pirates
December 27, 2020 1 a.m.

HISTORY CORNER: U.S. Navy and Marines defeat Barbary pirates

Thomas Jefferson stops attacks on American ships

Thomas Jefferson had barely been inaugurated as President before having to deal with a major thorn in the side of the fledgling United States — attacks on American shipping by Muslim pirates in the Mediterranean, so he sent Stephen Decatur with a small fleet of warships to stop them.