In 1803, Edward Preble was commander of the U.S. Navy’s Mediterranean forces during the war with Islamic states in North Africa, known as the Barbary War. Sailing on the frigate Constitution, Preble was in charge of bringing the war with Tripoli to a conclusion. He was the mastermind behind the burning of the USS Philadelphia after it was captured. On February 16, 1804, Edward Preble directed Lieutenant Stephen Decatur to board and destroy the frigate. This prevented the captured frigate from being used by the Barbary pirates. Their use of the Philadelphia would have perhaps ended the entire blockade. During the final two years of his life, Preble was a senior adviser in naval matters to the administration of President Thomas Jefferson.
The Barbary Wars
The Barbary Wars were fought in the early 19th century between the United States and the Barbary states. The wars were in reaction to Barbary pirates who demanded tribute from American merchant vessels or face being captured and the crew either being ransomed or enslaved. Without a navy, the United States paid nearly a fifth of its annual budget in tribute to pirates. The United States responded by building heavy frigates and establishing the U.S. Navy. In 1799, the Federalist Party adopted the slogan, Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.
This Edward Preble history mug is part of our Barbary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
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