Diplomacy Classroom: The Barbary Pirates Hostage Crisis
What did diplomacy look like in the years of the early American republic? In this segment of Diplomacy Classroom, we learned about the aftermath and consequences of one of the United States’ first international trade and hostage crises. In 1793 North African Barbary pirates captured 11 American ships and 100 citizens, and U.S. diplomats worked to solve the crisis with no navy or substantial annual revenue, and with limited means to negotiate. We will discuss how negotiations proceeded and concluded, and how the crisis affected the future of American diplomacy.