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evade the grief that haunted them When Jefferson was offered the appointment as American minister to France, he accepted because he saw an opportunity to escape the sadness that still shadowed him Thomas Jefferson had sailed for Europe in the summer of 1784 with Martha at his side once they reached Paris, he enrolled his daughter in a convent school with many other well born English speaking students There he would be able to see her regularly, but he had been forced to make a difficult decision regarding Martha s two sisters Mary, not yet six, and toddler Lucy Elizabeth, both too young to travel with him across the sea, had been left behind with their Aunt Eppes, his late wife s half sister The separation was painful, but it was nothing compared with the new heartbreak he experienced just months into his Paris stay when Mrs Eppes wrote sadly to say that hooping cough had taken the life of two year old Lucy As a fresh wave of sorrow rolled over him, Jefferson longed for Polly the Parrot, as he affectionately called his bright and talkative Mary, to join his household again The father wrote to his little girl that he and her sister cannot live without you and asked her if she would like to join them across the ocean He promised that joining them in France meant she would learn to play on the harpsichord, to draw, to dance, to read and talk French I long to see you, and hope that you are well, the now seven year old replied But she added that she had no desire to make the trip, harpsichord or no harpsichord I don t want to go to France, she stated plainly I had rather stay with Aunt Eppes Jefferson was undaunted and began to plan for her safe travel Having already lost two dear family members, he did not want to risk losing Polly and looked for ways to reduce the dangers of the journey He instructed her uncle, Francis Eppes, to select a proven ship for Polly s crossing The vessel should have performed one transatlantic voyage at least, Jefferson ordered, and must not be than four or five years old He worried about the weather and insisted that his daughter travel in the warm months to avoid winter storms As for supervision, Polly could make the journey, Jefferson advised, with some good lady passing from America to France, or even England or a careful gentleman Yet an even intimidating concern worried Jefferson frightening than weather or leaky ships was the threat of pirates off North Africa, a region known as the Barbary Coast The fate of the Dauphin and the Maria was a common one for ships venturing near the area, where the Sahara s arid coast was divided into four nation states Running west to east were the Barbary nations Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, which all fell under the ultimate authority of the Ottoman Empire, seated in present day Turkey The Islamic nations of the Barbary Coast had preyed upon foreign shipping for centuries, attacking ships in international waters both in the Mediterranean and along the northwest coast of Africa and the Iberian peninsula Even such naval powers as France and Great Britain were not immune, though they chose to deal with the problem by paying annual tributes of gifts to Barbary leaders bribes paid to the Barbary states to persuade the pirates to leave merchant ships from the paying countries alone But the prices were always changing, and the ships of those nations that did not meet the extortionate demands were not safe from greedy pirates To the deeply rational Jefferson, the lawless pirates posed perhaps the greatest danger to his sadly diminished family He knew what had happened to O Brien and could not risk a similar fate for his child As he confided in a letter to brother in law Francis Eppes, My anxieties on this subject could induce me to endless details The Algerines this fall took two vessels from us and now have twenty two of our citizens in slavery The plight of the men aboard the Maria and the Dauphin haunted him if their hellish incarceration was terrifying to contemplate, who can estimate the fate of a child My mind revolts at the possibility of a capture, Jefferson wrote Unless you hear from myself not trusting the information of any other person on earth that peace is made with the Algerines, do not send her but in a vessel of French or English property for these vessels alone are safe from prize by the barbarians He knew those two countries paid a very high annual tribute, thereby purchasing safe passage for their vessels As a father, he could feel in his bones a fear for his daughter s safety As an ambassador and an American, Jefferson recognized it was a fear no citizen of a free nation embarking on an oceanic voyage should have to endure A Meeting of Ministers A few months later, in March 1786, Jefferson would make his way to London to meet with his good friend John Adams Together they hoped to figure out how to deal with the emerging threat to American interests His waistline thickening, his chin growing jowly, fifty year old John Adams welcomed Jefferson into his London home Overlooking the tree lined Grosvenor Square from the town house Adams had rented, the two men sat down to talk in the spacious drawing room Adams was the United States first ambassador to Great Britain Just arrived from Paris after a cold and blustery six day journey, Jefferson was minister to the French government of Louis XVI To Adams and his wife, Abigail, their old friend looked different, as Jefferson had begun powdering his ginger hair white The stout New Englander and the tall, lean, forty two year old Virginian might have been of different breeds but then, in the years to come, they would often be of two minds in their political thinking as well Unlike most of the European diplomats they encountered, neither Adams nor Jefferson had been born into a tradition of diplomatic decorum Adams was a rough and tumble lawyer, the son of a yeoman farmer from south of Boston, known for a damn all attitude of speaking his mind A man of quiet natural grace, Jefferson was learning the cosmopolitan ways of Paris but, at heart, he was a well born country boy, heir to large farms outside Charlottesville, a tiny courthouse town in central Virginia Both men were novices in the game of international negotiation, a game their country needed them to learn quickly When the Americans and British signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783, bringing to an end the Revolution, the United States legal status changed in the view of every nation and world leader No longer under British protection, the fledgling nation found that its status was lowly indeed Adams s letters to the British government tended to go unanswered, and Jefferson s attempts to negotiate trade treaties with France and Spain were going nowhere Now a hostile international threat was rearing its head, and Adams had summoned Jefferson from Paris to discuss the danger posed by the piratical nations of North Africa In earlier days, the colonies ships had enjoyed the protection offered by the Union Jack but because U.S ships no longer carried British passports, the British navy provided no protection against pirates The French, America s wartime allies against the British, did not protect them now that there was peace Americans abroad were very much on their own, especially in international waters And because America had no navy to protect its interests, insurance for American ships skyrocketed to twenty times the rate of that of European ships The expense of insurance was insupportable, but America s economy could not afford to end trade on the high seas the Revolution had been fought with borrowed money, and repayment of those debts depended upon ongoing international commerce One key piece of the nation s economic health was trade with southern Europe, accessible only by sailing into the Mediterranean and within range of the Barbary pirates According to Jefferson s calculations, a quarter of New England s most important export, dried salt cod, went to markets there, as did one sixth of the country s grain exports Rice and lumber were also important exports, and the merchant ships provided employment for than a thousand seamen The trade and employment were essential to the growing American economy, and John Adams thought the numbers could easily double if a diplomatic solution in the Barbary region could be reached The American government had initially approved payment to the North African nations But the bribes demanded were impossibly high, many hundreds of thousands of dollars when the American treasury could afford only token offerings of a few tens of thousands In an era when not a single American was worth a million dollars, and Mr Jefferson s great house, Monticello, was assessed at seventy five hundred dollars, paying such exorbitant bribes seemed almost incomprehensible Unable to pay enough to buy the goodwill of the Barbary countries, America was forced to let its ships sail at their own risk Sailors like those on the Maria and the Dauphin had become pawns in a very dangerous game On this day, Adams and Jefferson worried over the fate of the Dauphin and the Maria It had been nearly a year since the pirates from Algiers had taken the ships and cargoes the previous July, and now the regent of Algiers had made known his demand until he was paid an exorbitant and, it seemed, ever escalating ransom, the American captives were to be his slaves Despite their pity for the captives, Jefferson and Adams knew the new nation couldn t afford a new war or a new source of debt They understood that the cost of keeping American ships away from the Barbary Coast would be greater than the cost of addressing the problem That left the two American ministers, as Jefferson confided to a friend, feeling absolutely suspended between indignation and impotence Yet neither Jefferson nor Adams could afford to remain paralyzed in the face of the danger Not only had American families and the economy been endangered, but rumor had it that the pirates had also captured a ship carrying the venerable Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson s predecessor as minister to France As one of his correspondents wrote to Franklin, We are waiting with the greatest patience to hear from you The newspapers have given us anxiety on your account for some of them insist that you have been taken by the Algerines, while others pretend that you are at Morocco, enduring your slavery with all the patience of a philosopher To everyone s relief, the reports proved false, but the scare brought the very real dangers posed by the Barbary pirates too close for comfort Sitting in the London house, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson discussed the idea of a negotiation that might break the impasse Adams had a new reason to hope that the Barbary rulers could be reasoned with, and the two ministers set about deciding upon the right approach Money Is Their God and Mahomet Their Prophet A few weeks earlier, Adams had made an unannounced visit to the Barbary state of Tripoli s ambassador, freshly arrived in London To Adams s surprise, the bearded Sidi Haji Abdrahaman had welcomed him warmly Seated in front of a roaring fire, with two servants in attendance, they smoked tobacco from great pipes with six foot long stems fit for a Walking Cane Adams had promptly written to Jefferson It is long since I took a pipe, but we smoked in awful pomp, reciprocating whiff for whiff until coffee was brought in Adams made a strong impression on the Tripolitans Observing his expertise with the Turkish smoking device, an attendant praised his technique, saying, Monsieur, vous tes un Turk Sir, you are a Turk It was a high compliment Abdrahaman returned Adams s visit two days later, and Adams decided his new diplomatic acquaintance was a benevolent and wise man with whom the United States could do business He believed Abdrahaman might help broker an arrangement between the United States and the other Barbary nations, bringing an end to the capture of American merchantmen Now reunited with his friend and fellow American, he shared his plan with Jefferson and invited him to join the conversation On a blustery March day, Adams, Jefferson, and Abdrahaman convened at the house of the Tripolitan envoy The conversation began in an improvised mix of broken French and Italian, as the Tripolitan envoy spoke little English The discussion was cordial, and Adams and Jefferson began to believe that a solution was in sight When the talk turned to money, however, the bubble of optimism soon exploded Jefferson had researched the sums paid as tribute by European countries, including Denmark, Sweden, and Portugal, so he knew the going rate But the gold Abdrahaman demanded that day was beyond the reach of the United States a perpetual peace with Tripoli would cost some 30,000 English guineas, the equivalent of roughly 120,000, not counting the 10 percent gratuity Abdrahaman demanded for himself And that amount bought peace with only one of the Barbary states To buy peace in Tunis would cost another 30,000 guineas, to say nothing of what would be required to pay Morocco or even Algiers, the largest and most powerful of the four The 80,000 that Congress had been hard pressed to authorize for an across the board understanding was no than a down payment on what would be needed to meet the Barbary demands Although he now despaired of an easy solution, Adams wasn t ready to stop talking He could understand financial concerns, and he was already beginning to realize what O Brien would later say of the pirates Money is their God and Mahomet their Prophet Yet greed alone couldn t explain the madness and cruelty of the demands Unsatisfied, the famously blunt Adams wanted a better answer While maintaining the best diplomatic reserve he could muster whatever their frustration, the American ministers could hardly leap to their feet and walk out of the negotiations Adams asked how the Barbary states could justify making war upon nations who had done them no injury.Thomas Jefferson Pirates And national security This is how you make history exciting I dare you to put this book down BRAD MELTZER, bestselling author of The Presidents ShadowReads like a fast paced thriller but is actually a thoughtful account of Americas first foray into what has become a complex part of the world GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL Ret , author of Team of TeamsA riveting book of history that reads as though it were ripped from todays headlines, and a must read for anyone seeking an understanding of the roots of U.S foreign policy ADMIRAL JAMES STAVRIDIS Ret , former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts UniversityThis is a well told tale, and there are lessons aplenty about both diplomacy and warfarewith useful application to the challenges the United States faces in our own time PROFESSOR LARRY J SABATO, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics author of The Kennedy Half CenturyWell written, nicely paced, and well documented I thoroughly enjoyed this must read that brings to life a critical period in our nations history and shows the importance of a navy in our nations security KIRK S LIPPOLD, former commander of the USS Cole author of Front Burner Al Qaedas Attack on the USS ColeNo one captures the danger, intrigue, and drama of the American Revolution and its aftermath like Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger BRAD THOR, bestselling author of Code of ConductA colorful, exciting, and historic account of an overlooked portion of American military history, and a wonderful tribute to the brave sailors and Marines who set a high standard for U.S maritime operations GENERAL JACK KEANE Ret , chairman of the Institute for the Study of WarA fascinating story of extraordinary courage and resolve, and a brilliant reminder of an early chapter of our countrys remarkable history DONALD RUMSFELDAs a Navy SEAL you witness great acts of courage every day, but its easy to forget that the navy and Marines have been kicking ass right from their inception than two hundred years ago Count on Kilmeade and Yaeger to remind us of it with this swashbuckling adventure MARCUS LUTTRELL, former Navy SEAL author of Lone Survivor and ServiceIf you want to understand the deep historic roots of the 9 11 attacks and what it will take to win the war against todays jihadists, you must read this book DR SEBASTIAN GORKA, Horner Chair of Military Theory at USMC University, Quantico Thomas Jefferson Wikipedia Thomas was born on April , Old Style, Julian calendar at the family home in Shadwell Colony of Virginia, third ten children He English, and possibly Welsh, descent a British subject His father Peter planter surveyor who died when HISTORY author Declaration Independence US president, leading figure America s early development During American Revolutionary War Quotes The Quotations Page I know no safe depository ultimate powers society but people themselves if we think them not 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    • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History
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    • 03 December 2016

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