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Apparently real pirates usually preferred their victims to surrender without a fight - less chance of the goods being damaged that way.

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http://historyguy.com/Barbary_Wars.html The burning of the Frigate USS Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor during the Barbary Wars.

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Milestones: 1801–1829 - Office of the Historian

Barbary Corsar AD 1500-1800 Long robes, layers and straps etc crossing the chest. More bling, better fabrics.

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"Decatur Boarding the Tripolitan Gunboat" painting by Dennis Malone Carter (1827-1881)

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The Barbary Wars: the original jihadist wars. Why weren't we taught this in school?

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The Barbary Wars--Burning of the Frigate Philadelphia, 16 February 1804--Tripoli Harbor

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Ottoman Janissaries (conscripted soldiers) were divided into 101 ortahs (regiments), each Janissary tattooed a mark on his arm showing his ortah. A crescent was the symbol of the first ortah (the Sultans ortah), the thirty-first ortah which served on board the fleet, was an anchor. The number of Janissaries in each ortah was varied, greater numbers were in the most distinguished; the number in some was extremely large, that of the thirty-fifth, amounting to nearly thirty thousand.

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The Barbary Wars: In the early 1800s, the U.S. went to war against the Barbary States of North Africa. This was the first war that occurred without a congressional declaration, and it set many dangerous precedents...

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The Barbary Wars--Capture of USS Philadelphia, 31 October 1803

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