By Bill Federer
“The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco,” stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.
In 1625, Governor William Bradford wrote of a Pilgrim ship returning to England with dried fish and beaver skins to trade for supplies:
“They…were well within the England Channel, almost in sight of Plymouth. But…there she was unhappily taken by a Turkish man-of-war and carried off to Morocco where the captain and crew were made slaves.”
Muslim pirates of Morocco raided European coasts and carried away over a million to the North African slave markets, where they also sold tens of millions of Africans into slavery.
Kidnapped Englishman Francis Knight wrote: “I arrived in Algiers, that city fatal to all Christians and the butchery of mankind.”
Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail had 500 wives and forced 25,000 white slaves to build his palace at Meknes. He was witnessed to have killed an African slave just to try out a new hatchet he was given.
The Catholic Order “Trinitarians” collected alms to ransom slaves.
In 1785, Muslims captured two American ships. Jefferson met Tripoli’s envoy in France and reported to Congress:
“The Ambassador answered us that it was…written in their Qur’an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged Islam’s authority were sinners, that it was their…duty to make war upon them…and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners.”
During the Barbary War, Thomas Jefferson sent Marines to stop the pirates.
On Feb. 16, 1804, in what Admiral Horatio Nelson called the “most bold and daring act of the age,” Lieutenant Stephen Decatur sailed his ship, the Intrepid, into the pirate harbor, burned a ship and escaped amidst enemy fire.
The Marines later captured Tripoli and forced the Pasha to make peace on U.S. terms, giving rise to the Marine Anthem: “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you recognize the name, Bill Federer, it might be because you’ve read his book, What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an – A History of Islam & the United States. To learn more about him, click here. To see his work daily, read the American Minute.