Questions tagged [barbary-wars]

Question about the history of a series of two wars fought at different times over the same reasons between the United States, Sweden, and the Barbary states of North Africa in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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How did a 12 year old Sardinian slave girl factor into America's First Barbary War?

Late 1798 a pirate raid near Sardinia, captured roughly 1000 people, mostly women and children. What role did one of these newly acquired slaves a 12 year old girl, play in America's first Foreign ...
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Through what developments did Sweden end up in war in northern Africa in early 1800's?

Sweden was one of the warring parties in the First Barbary War (1801-1805) with 3 frigates from the Swedish navy. I had read that Sweden had a colony in Gold Coast (modern Ghana), taken from the ...
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Why did the US pay money to the losers, at the end of both Barbary wars?

According to Wikipedia, the US decisively won both Barbary wars and could press on if they wanted to. However, they signed peace treaties, which incredibly granted to the loser a significant sum of ...
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When did the First Barbary War start?

I am reading about the First Barbary War from both Swedish and American perspective. I have what I believe to be a very reliable source in Swedish, and it says that the Pascha of Tripoli declared war ...