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A New Navy Fights France and the Barbary States, 1783–1805


Dull, Jonathan R. “A New Navy Fights France and the Barbary States, 1783–1805.” In American Naval History, 1607-1865, 33–48. Overcoming the Colonial Legacy. University of Nebraska Press, 2012.


  1. Corsairs
    • Pirates that seized merchant vessels whose nation of origin had not purchased protection from the Barbary rulers.
  2. Tributary State
    • A tributary state is a term for a pre-modern state in a particular type of subordinate relationship to a more powerful state which involved the sending of a regular token of submission, or tribute, to the superior power.
  3. Bicameral legislature
    • Any lawmaking body of government that consists of two separate houses or chambers.


  1. Why did the US wait to start rebulding the Navy?
  2. How did George Washington take such action and resposibility of a country and lead it through a term that became conflicted?

Other Resources

London, Joshua E. Victory in Tripoli: How America’s War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Built a Nation. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Pub, 2005.

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