“This story begins with humiliation: a U.S. warship- the first ever in the Mediteranean Sea- sailing into the harbor of Algiers to pay protection money to Algerine ruler Dey Bobba Mustafa.” September 1800 Dey orders Captian Brainbridge to carry a treasure to Constantinople then under the power of the Ottoman Empire. The Captian objects. Dey replies, “You (The United States of America) pay tribute, by which you become my slaves. I have therefore, a right to order you as I think proper.” p4

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