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[–] SirJiggzalot 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This was a kick ass start of the U.S. Navy and Marine corps telling the world not to fuck with us. Some crazy stories came out of this.

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[–] jamesed 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The most important outcome of the Barbary war was the opinion of Lord Horatio Nelson. After witnessing the AMERICAN FRIGATES IN ACTION he said "I SEE NOTHING BUT TROUBLE IN THOSE BIG FRIGATES!

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[–] Newmemba 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

they were bank rolled by who?

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[–] Apathy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The US was paying 1/5th of all tax revenue to them as tribute. Jefferson said fuck that, used that money to build a navy and push their shit in. So I suppose the US tax payer funded that.

If you're talking about the pirates, they were part of the Ottoman empire.