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Painting by English-born American artist Edward Moran (1829-1901) of deliberate burning of frigate USS Philadelphia captured by Tripolitans after running aground in Tripoli harbor during Barbary Wars, the destruction made by Stephen Decatur and 60 men who escaped in ketch Intrepid shown in foreground.

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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.