Excerpt from “Bald Eagles in Arabia: A Brief History of the U.S. Middle East” Originally founded by Greek colonizers and called Euesperides, the port of Bengazi far surpassed Derne as the leading harbor and chief center of commerce in Cyrenaica . Briggs’ desired it for naval purposes. Eaton desired it as the next step in … More Empire of Liberty: To The Shores Of Tripoli
Excerpt from Lt. Thomas Barron’s “Adventures of the Company of General Eaton in Barbary”, Philadelphia 1819. “Early in the morning we sighted a sliver of red on the horizon; the coast of Egypt. As we approached the city unveiled itself dominated by the Pompey’s Pillar, a Roman column from centuries past that has towered above … More Empire of Liberty: Cyrene Song
“Millions for defense, but not a cent for tribute!” ~ headline in the National Intelligencer Excerpt from “Bald Eagles in Arabia: A Brief History of the U.S. Middle East” Even before the Louisiana Alliance between France and the United States, America’s relations with North Africa could best be described as mixed. Morocco was the … More Empire of Liberty: The Barbary War
Excerpt from Christopher Littleton’s “Bonaparte”, Random House Publishing, 2012. The end of the War of the Second Coalition brought peace to Europe for the first time in nearly a decade. Yet “peace in Europe” did not equate to a complete peace. The initial trigger to the war had been Napoléon’s daring expedition to Egypt and … More Empire of Liberty: Where is Hoche?
“The peoples we will be living alongside are Muslims; their first article of faith is “There is no other god but God, and Mahomet is his prophet”. Do not contradict them; treat them as you treated the Jews, the Italians; respect their muftis and their imams, as you respected their rabbis and bishops. Have the … More Empire of Liberty: Ali-Napoleon and the Armee d’Orient