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What ‘peace’ means to Muslims; just ask Jefferson

The burning of the Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor

“The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco,” stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.

Morocco began recognizing American colonists in 1625. Governor William Bradford described the incident in the History of the Plymouth Settlement. In 1625, the Pilgrims sent two ships back to England carrying dried fish and 800 lbs of beaver skins to trade for much needed supplies.

What happened next?

Bradford related the fate of one ship: “They … were well within the England channel, almost in sight of Plymouth. But … there she was unhapply taken by a Turkish man-of-war and carried off to Morocco where the captain and crew were made slaves. … Now by the ship taken by the Turks … all trade was dead.”

Muslim pirates of Morocco raided European coasts and carried away over a million to the North African


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