Thomas Jefferson: Pirate Fighter
Certainly, Thomas Jefferson is a U.S. There was a founding father who wrote the Declaration of Independence and became the country's third president, but did you know that he also fought pirates? By the 16th century, pirates known as the Barbary corsairs raided the open waters of North Africa throughout the Atlantic and captured numerous merchant ships, taking ransom or otherwise selling the crew as slaves. . When Jefferson came into office in the early 19th century, the U.S. Tensions were high between the Ottoman regency of North Africa and North Africa and the treaties they held were on thin ice. After all, the United States was paying tribute of $1 million, or one-sixth of the entire treasury, so pirates would not capture American merchant ships.