Commodore Stephen Decatur

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Title

Commodore Stephen Decatur

Subject

U.S. Navy, Second Barbary War (1815-1816)

Description

Commodore Stephen Decatur was the leader of the United States Navy squadron which sailed into the Mediterranean and influenced the Barbary States to sign peace treaties with the United States and end the piracy of American shipping. His actions helped the United States forge a separate identity and foreign policy apart from Europe. Decatur returned to America a hero and became a local celebrity in Washington, D.C.

Creator

John Vanderlyn (artist)

Source

The Decatur House

Publisher

The White House Historical Association

Date

c. 1815

Format

Oil on canvas painting

Type

Primary Source

Citation

John Vanderlyn (artist), “Commodore Stephen Decatur,” HST 325 - U.S. Foreign Relations to 1914 (MSU), accessed August 5, 2020, http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/usforeignrelations/items/show/94.