Shores of Tripoli Set #4

Price: $225.00



This is a Consignment sale set we are offering. It comes in its original box and is in like new condition.

Honour Bound's SOT #4 Shores of Tripoli Set #4
Matte Finish

When the United States of America gained independence from Great Britain there was an unexpected problem - piracy. Removed from the protection of the British navy, US ships were prize targets for pirates across the seven seas. In 1783, the same year that the Treaty of Paris was signed, corsairs from the Barbary States began to attack American shipping in the Mediterranean. At first, the US paid tribute, to the tune of $2 million by 1801, but it was not enough. The corsairs demanded more, and the fledgling US took a stand. The new president, Thomas Jefferson, made a bold move. He refused further payment. On May 14, 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli ordered the flag staff (flying the 'Stars and Stripes') standing in front of the US consulate to be cut down. This symbolic act was taken as a declaration of war against America.

On October 31, 1803, the US frigate Philadelphia, while on patrol against Barbary ships, ran aground on a reef near the Tripoli harbour. Captured by Tripolitan gunboats, the frigate was floated free and taken into port. Captain William Bainbridge and the ship's 307 crewmembers were imprisoned and held for ransom.

The United States responded with William Eaton, Marine Lt. Presley O’Bannon, seven marines, and 400 mercenaries, including Europeans (mainly Greeks), Arab cavalry, Turks, and a caravan of camels. The expedition began near Alexandria, Egypt and covered 500 miles across the desert to the outpost city of Derna, Tripoli.

Once at Derna, the US Marines undertook the first land engagement outside the American continent, storming the harbor defenses at bayonet point and planting the Stars and Stripes on foreign soil.