The First Barbary War (1801–1805), also known as the Tripolitan War or the Barbary Coast War, was the first of two wars fought between the United States and the Northwest African Berber Muslim states known collectively as the Barbary States. These were Tripoli and Algiers, which were quasi-independent entities nominally belonging to the Ottoman Empire, and the independent Sultanate of Morocco.
The Barbary Wars: In the early 1800s, the U.S. went to war against the Barbary States of North Africa. This was the first war that occurred without a congressional declaration, and it set many dangerous precedents...
First Barbary War... 1801 - 1805 | Casualties and Losses... United States, Sweden (1800–1802) - United States: 35 killed, 64 wounded, Greek/Arab mercenaries: killed and wounded unknown. Casualties and Losses... Tripolitania Eyalet, Morocco (1802) - estimated 800 dead, 1,200 wounded at Derne plus ships and crew lost in naval defeats
Part I. Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) He went to sea at age 19; within a year he was commissioned an officer. He gained a reputation for courage and daring during the Barbary Wars, 1801-15. In command of the "United States," on Oct. 12, 1812, Decatur engaged the faster British frigate "Macedonian." By maneuver and superior accurate long-range gunnery, he crippled and captured the British warship. This is the HERO that the City Of Decatur, Indiana was named after.
This quadrant belonged to Commodore Edward Preble, a Portland native who went to sea at the age of 16. He served with distinction in the Revolutionary War and became the commanding officer of the USS Constitution, leading the U.S. Navy during the Barbary Wars of 1803-1805. Quadrants were used for determining the position of a ship at sea based on the sun, stars and planets. Item # 16875 on Maine Memory Network