Welcome!  The United States’ conflicts with the Barbary States (Algiers, Morocco, Tripoli, and Tunis) from 1784-1815 set important precedents in foreign relations (including the first U.S.-supported coup attempt that generated the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Corps Hymn), provided important naval training, generated a host of literature and cultural events (such as plays), and shaped Americans’ ideas about race and gender.

This website features information about the most important engagements, an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources intended to help high school and college students, and comment sections at the bottom of each page (readers are encouraged to leave comments or ask questions!).

Watch my lecture about the Barbary conflicts on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suCv5XqCXmA&context=C3014940ADOEgsToPDskIcmil2HhIdJMjKfzSYSgZg


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