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Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Tripoli Monument

 
 
The Tripoli Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 13, 2013
1. The Tripoli Monument Marker
Inscription. The oldest military monument in the United States honors heroes of the War against the Barbary Coast Pirates, the new republic's first war. In 1804, President Jefferson ordered the nation's tiny naval force to the Mediterranean to protect the expanding trade of the new United States against the pirates, who demanded ransom for safe passage of merchant ships. “Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute” became the rallying cry for this war. Jefferson's action established the doctrine of extension of power overseas, and created a permanent United States Navy.

On “the shores of Tripoli,” young Americans took brave actions against the pirates, including torching their own grounded vessel, the USS Philadelphia, to prevent its use by the pirates. Six men were killed before Tripoli's ‘pasha’ relented. Congress cited them for their gallantry, and Captain David Porter, one of the pirates captives, instituted a campaign for a monument to honor his former shipmates, now heroes.

The monument was carved in 1806 in Italy, of Carrera marble, and brought to the United States as ballast on board the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides). From the Washington Navy Yard it moved to the west terrace of the national Capitol. It has stood at the Naval Academy since 1860.
Renovation
The Tripoli Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 15, 2013
2. The Tripoli Monument Marker
of the Monument was completed in June 2000 through the leadership of Capt. Warren B. Johnson '47, thanks to gifts from the VADM Eliot H. Bryant & Miriam H. Bryant Endowments and Friends of the Save the Tripoli Monument Committee.

 
Location. 38° 58.986′ N, 76° 29.254′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Decatur Road. Touch for map. On the Campus of the US Naval Academy Annapolis Maryland. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Tripoli Monument (here, next to this marker); The English Frigate “Augusta” (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Naval Academy Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of Albert Abraham Michelson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mahan Hall (about 400 feet away); Naval School (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Mahan Hall (about 400 feet away); San Cayetano (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Additional keywords. First Barbary War
 
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A Tripolitan Pirate image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 13, 2013
3. A Tripolitan Pirate
Commodore David Porter, USN image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2013
4. Commodore David Porter, USN
This painting of David Porter (February 1, 1780 — March 3, 1843) by an unknown artist hangs in the Naval Academy Museum Collection in Annapolis, Maryland.

“Born at Boston, Massachusetts, Porter served in the Quasi-War with France as midshipman on board Constellation, participating in the capture of L'Insurgente. During the Barbary Wars he was taken prisoner when Philadelphia ran aground in Tripoli harbor.

Following the War of 1812 he led the expedition to suppress piracy in the West Indies. He then served in the Mexican Navy as its commander-in-­chief. He left the Mexican service in 1829 and was appointed United States Minister to the Barbary States. He died on March 3, 1843, while serving as United States Ambassador to Turkey.” — Naval Academy Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 138 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 28, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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