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"When within sure distance the Constitution opened her battery with round and grape-shot upon the thirteen gun-boats and galleys which had engaged the Americans' small craft. This storm of shot sunk one of the gun-boats, disabled two and put the rest to flight. Commodore Preble then ran in along the batteries, within musket-shot distance and fired three hundred round shot besides grape and canister into the Bashaw's castle, the town, and the batteries. He silenced the castle and two of the batteries and then hauled off. No lives were lost on the American fleet."
"Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute." In 1794 Congress commissioned the construction of six frigates to give teeth to that bold declaration. One of the new navy's first tasks was to protect American shipping from the Barbary States, what is now Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. We sent Preble.