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    For anyone enthralled with the AAR of the first battle this book by James L Haley is worth reading. I am about half way through and that ties in nicely with Bligh's AAR. Hard to believe in these days of intolerance for pirates that so many nations paid tribute to those thugs.

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    Thanks for the heads up Gary.
    I went straight to Kindle and bought a copy. I like a good yarn woven around my research, It helps to keep things fresh.

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    The tributes were large too. I know what Sweden payed was a significant part of the country’s budget.

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    It was a similar situation in the USA Jonas.
    The tribute demanded by the Bashaw of Tripoli which led to the war was $220,000 which is $3.46 million in today's terms. In 1800 the total Federal revenues only totaled a little over $10 million.

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter View Post
    For anyone enthralled with the AAR of the first battle this book by James L Haley is worth reading. I am about half way through and that ties in nicely with Bligh's AAR. Hard to believe in these days of intolerance for pirates that so many nations paid tribute to those thugs.
    I suspect some of it was the same "the proles are expendable" attitude of today, part of it was that in their avarice they could be paid to harass your enemies for "plausible deniability."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter View Post
    James L Haley is worth reading. I am about half way through and that ties in nicely with Bligh's AAR. Hard to believe in these days of intolerance for pirates that so many nations paid tribute to those thugs.
    Just completed The Shores of Tripoli Gary, and it is exactly as you described it on the tin. Great read. So much so that I've just ordered the sequel.
    " A darker Sea."

    Thanks for the intro to these books.

    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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