Algiers: Declaration of War and Its Causes

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Title

Algiers: Declaration of War and Its Causes

Subject

James Madison's plea to Congress to send the United States Navy to counter Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean

Description

President James Madison made his case to Congress for military action in February 1815 in response to open acts of aggression by Algiers against American ships in the Mediterranean Sea and the capture of American sailors.

Madison noted that the "conditions which rendered it unnecessary and unimportant to commence hostile operations on the part of the United States" were no longer in effect after peace was reached with Britain at the end of the War of 1812, and it was time for the United States to end Barbary piracy of American ships. (CITATION: Algiers: Declaration of War and Its Causes)

Source

Select Committee on Recommended Bill to Protect U.S. Commerce from Algerine Cruisers

Publisher

ProQuest Congressional

Date

23 February 1815

Format

Text

Citation

“Algiers: Declaration of War and Its Causes,” HST 325 - U.S. Foreign Relations to 1914 (MSU), accessed August 5, 2020, http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/usforeignrelations/items/show/102.