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Pirate Coast

Pirate Coast


Pirate Coast

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In 1803 the American warship USS Philadelphia ran aground in Tripoli harbor, and the Barbary pirates captured three hundred U.S. sailors and marines. Faced with a hostage crisis and a war, President Thomas Jefferson made the bold decision to authoritize a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation leader, William Eaton, with almost no supplies or money, led a mercenary army on a death-defying march across the Sahara desert to surprise attack the enemy. Backed by the cannons of the U.S. Navy, they acheived a remarkable victory by capturing the Moslem nation's third largest city. Eaton, the conquering hero, was poised to move on when he discovered that Jefferson had no appetite for foreign conquest.

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