Post Barbary Wars (1816)

Series of Letters to the United States Senate from Commodore Stephen Decatur and Others, 1816

Series of Letters to the United States Senate from Commodore Stephen Decatur and Others, 1816

Letter from William Shaler to William Eustis discussing Peace

Letter that discuss peace between the United States and the Barbary pirates. Discusses the liberation of slaves also details the amount paid to Algiers for peace. 

The conclusion of hostilities between the United States and the Barbary States with the ratification of the peace treaty in December 1815 was a landmark moment for American foreign policy. It brought a decades-long era of oppression and fear to an end because the United States would no longer be harassed by Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean.

The final treaty to end the Barbary Wars was drafted after the 1816 naval bombardment of Algiers. America disentangled itself from Old World affairs and could now freely pursue its economic interests in the Mediterranean. Presidents from then on were now expected to have an active foreign policy.7 The new freedom the United States had to move about in the world came from resorting to force to carry out the government’s will overseas when diplomacy failed to make progress.