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Stoddert's war : naval operations during the quasi-war with France, 1798-1801

Author: Michael A Palmer
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, 1987.
Series: Studies in maritime history.
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This book examines the Franco-American undeclared naval war at the turn of the nineteenth century. This history of that nearly forgotten struggle is filled with the dramatic actions of such frigates as the Constellation and her capture of l'Insurgente, as well as the sundry operations that protected American commerce from the depredations of the French corsairs in the Caribbean. This book differs from earlier  Read more...
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Palmer, Michael A.
Stoddert's war.
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, 1987
(OCoLC)568076466
Named Person: Benjamin Stoddert; Benjamin Stoddert
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Palmer
ISBN: 0872494993 9780872494992
OCLC Number: 15162322
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 313 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Under the war department --
"Paying respects" --
"Old naval officers" --
"Incessant attacks" --
Winter in the Caribbean : 1798-1799 --
Deranged operations --
Operations resumed --
"Problematical and precarious" --
Enemies and friends --
The trail of the grand Turk --
The French become scarce.
Series Title: Studies in maritime history.
Responsibility: by Michael A. Palmer.
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This book examines the Franco-American undeclared naval war at the turn of the nineteenth century. This history of that nearly forgotten struggle is filled with the dramatic actions of such frigates as the Constellation and her capture of l'Insurgente, as well as the sundry operations that protected American commerce from the depredations of the French corsairs in the Caribbean. This book differs from earlier studies in that it places the American war within a European context. It takes a critical look at the command and operations of the first secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, and how under his direction the Navy proved itself ship for ship as--if not more--effective against French privateers than the Royal Navy. The book also examines how the Navy served the nation's commercial and diplomatic interests, a pattern of activity that would become known as gunboat diplomacy, and how the Navy's successes assured it a permanency that had eluded the Continental Navy.

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