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Barbary Coast

(bär`bərē), waterfront area of San Francisco, Calif., in the years after the 1849 gold rush. Gamblers, gangsters, prostitutes, and confidence men flourished, and the brothels, saloons, and disreputable boardinghouses made the Barbary Coast—named after the pirate coast of North Africa—notorious throughout the world.
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Barbary Coast

the. the Mediterranean coast of North Africa: a centre of piracy against European shipping from the 16th to the 19th centuries
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The third component of terrorism also fits well with Barbary State terrorism, especially the dual- and multi-phased sequences of violence for purposes of coercive bargaining.
Nominally under the suzerainty of the Ottoman Sultans, these early nineteenth century rulers of the Barbary States - variously titled as Bey, Dey or Bashaw - enjoyed almost complete autonomy in reality.
The conflict between the United States and the Barbary States is today largely forgotten, but in the 19th century it was the stuff of legend.
We must debate these issues and arrive at a coherent strategy, however, before the wholesale theft of American intellectual property in cyberspace begins to look like the centuries-long insult of extortion payments paid to the Barbary states.
Most of these studies are, in addition, redundant insofar as they all glorified the young and inexperienced American state and underlined its brave efforts to strike commercial deals with the "predatory" Barbary States.
This statement appears in the chapter on Africa after Stowe discusses the "Barbary States," where white US citizens "were made slaves to the black Moors of Africa".
The Barbary states consisted of the four North African states Morocco, Algiers, Tripoli, and Tunis.
In 1795, the United States paid more than $ 1 million for the release of 115 sailors and the same amount, demanded by the Barbary States, as tribute to prevent further attacks.
In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay bribes demanded by pirates from the Barbary states (including what is now Libya) to guarantee American ships safe passage on trade routes through the Mediterranean.
In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay bribes demanded by pirates from the Barbary States of North Africa to guarantee American ships safe passage through the Mediterranean.
From the Barbary wars (fought against the Barbary States, which included parts of modern Libya) to gunboat diplomacy in Asia to the many military interventions over the last few decades (Grenada, Lebanon, Somalia, the no-fly zone over Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo), the United States has often tried to find ways to use its military and yet not engage in all-out war.
These independent entities, nominally under the rule of the Ottoman sultan, were known as the Barbary States, after the Berber tribes.