By Randolph Spears
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They believed that '^interest" might yet induce the grasping Powers of Europe to jdeld to '^ peaceable coercion," and — for years they made no complaint when the bearing that the gallant deeds done on the coast of Africa might have had on our growing troubles with Europe was deUberately ignored at Washington. be trusted then as now. Nevertheless the people were to When truth of the situation, though at last they learned the whoUy unprepared for such a conflict, they silenced the whole Jeffersonian coterie and drove even the timid Madison to war.
A nation that could command the services of a hundred thousand able seamen and that had within its borders the materials for the best ships that the world had ever seen, came to look upon a naval force as a and to believe that the interest of their merchants in legalized piracy would furnish a sufficient sea power for the defence of the Nation from foreign aggression. And it was only when certain nations of Africa had carried the theory of privateering to its legitimate conclusion by making war upon the United States in order to extort tribute that the people were made willing to begin the building of naval ships.
So confident was Mr. Jefferson of success in his policy that he wrote ^' We begin to broach the idea that we consider the whole Gulf Stream as of our waters, in which hostilities are to be frowned on at present, and prohibited" as soon as possible. " He wrote this while yet determined to build Washington a dock ''within which our present [naval] vessels may be laid up dry and under cover from the sun," an idea that he had promulgated in his second annual at message. To compel rages, the enemy to cease their intolerable out- a non-importation act was passed.
A Short History of the American Navy by Randolph Spears