The First Barbary War Analytical Essay by Nicky

Looks at the First Barbary War (Tripolitan War), 1801 to 1805, between the U.S.A. and the North African forces of the Sultanate of Morocco and the Regencies of Tunis, Algiers and Tripoli.
# 128580 | 2,800 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 28, 2010 in History (African) , History (U.S. The Young Nation 1800-1848)

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While many of us have heard of the Barbary Coast Wars and have a general idea of which countries were involved, very few of us know much more about them than that.  This is true in spite of their very real importance in American history.  The first Barbary War ended June 10, 1805, but it left many legacies including the birth of the US Navy and Marine Corps and the creation of several US war heroes.  Paper #128580 “The First Barbary War”, examines this war in great detail, analyzing its importance, its causes, development, prominent figures, and consequences.  The paper is 12-pages long and lists seven sources.


This paper discusses the causes, developments, most prominent figures and aftermath of the First Barbary War, the first war America fought on foreign soil. The paper describes the details of the battle and the political reactions of the Federalists and the Republicans. The paper relates that this war marked the birth of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and produced war heroes such as Charles Morris and Stephen Decatur.

From the Paper:

"The Ottomans conquered North Africa in the seventh century. By 710, the Muslim religion had reached Gibraltar which separates the Iberian Peninsula from Africa. However, it is important to note here that although Islam remained deeply rooted in the Muslim religion, over time the relationship between the Barbary States and the sultan gradually weakened due to distance and primitive communication. This, in turn, generated local fights for power as control from the authorities in Constantinople was becoming weaker and weaker."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dooley, Patricia L. The Early Republic: Primary Documents on Events from 1799 to 1820. (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004): 125-137
  • Morris, Charles. Ed. Frederick C. Leiner. The Autobiography of Commodore Charles Morris. (Naval Institute Press, 2002)
  • Allison, Robert J. Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero, 1779-1820. (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007)
  • Cray Jr., Robert E. "Remembering Richard Somers: Naval Martyrdom in the Tripolitan War." The Historian 68 (2006): 267-281.
  • Folayan, Kola. "Tripoli and the War with the U.S.A., 1801-5." The Journal of African History 13, No. 2 (1972): 261-270.

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