The Marine Hymn mentions the “Shores of Tripoli.” What links the Marines to Tripoli, Libya, and the First Barbary War in American history?
Yusuf Karamanli, leader of Tripoli, demanded tribute to “protect” American shipping in the Mediterranean. In 1801, President Jefferson sent the navy and marines to our first foreign war and the first time US marines saw battle.
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