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Decatur and Coleridge

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    Carlos Gilman Calkins (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908. Excerpt: ... for the gallantry shown in the attempt to restrict the ravages of piracy and for the statesmanship which had sanctioned such resistance. Nelson was generous in praising Decatur: Sir Alexander Ball, who had been one of Nelson's 'right hands' after Aboukir and was now governor of Malta, wrote to Preble that his services had been worthy of a ' great and rising nation,' and that he had ' done well in net purchasing a peace with money.' The situation would naturally be appreciated at Malta, so long the headquarters of organized effort to keep the Barbary pirates in check. The knights had, however, been so much addicted to piracy on their own account, in the West Indies as well as the Mediterranean, besides furnishing officers to command the galleons of the Kings of Spain and the galleys of the Kings of France, that the ruin of their establishment was not generally regretted by seamen. Piracy had thriven largely because of the tolerance shown by maritime powers, tolerance based on sordid calculations of commercial advantage with reference to the United States and 'the little states of Italy,' as unworthy aspirants for a share of the carrying trade. Of course when Lord Sheffield wrote in 1784 that, 'We might as reasonably dread the effects of combinations among the Germans as among the American States,' he assumed that the latter could not afford a navy: ' It must be a long time before they can engage, or will concur in any material expense.' The war with Tripoli did something to put an end to such calculations and comparisons, but the task of breaking up the practice of piracy on the Barbary coast had to be left to European powers, to the guns of Lord Exmouth which battered the town of Algiers in 1816 and the French troops who overran the country a few years la...
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