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To: The_Macallan
Well, the first war fought on foreign land would be the Quasi war of 1798- 1800, battles on foreign land during it were the spiking of the guns of the fort at Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo (the Dominican Republic today) by marines from USS Constitution. ( Here is the official report of that expedition: A Cutting-Out Expedition, 1800), and the bombardment and Marine assault of St. Christopher on Dutch Caracao.

The Quasi-war is also the source of the quote:" millions for defense but not one cent for tribute". We kept paying tribute to the Barbary Pirates through the Quasi-war, by the time of Jefferson's presidency the tribute to them was over 1/4th of the total federal budget!

Ironically the Quasi-war was fought with... our good friends the French!

But the Barbary War was an internationally significant moment in our history, and a step up in intensity from the Quasi-war. Here is a terrific thread on it by our vets-cor "Freeper Foxhole" fanatics The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Barbary War . (Anyone interested in military history or anything military should check out the VetsCoR forum at the upper right of the FR forum page!)

26 posted on 03/21/2004 12:28:03 PM PST by mrsmith ("Oyez, oyez! All rise for the Honorable Chief Justice... Hillary Rodham Clinton ")
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To: mrsmith
Thanks. Good info.
27 posted on 03/21/2004 12:29:32 PM PST by The_Macallan
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