We are being captured Captain! Please, stop your attacks on the US
The British began to kidnap, or impress, American soldiers. The British then began to force the Americans to work on their ships. The captured Americans called the British ships "floating hells".
Then I shall propose an embargo. We will refuse to trade with anyone
Britain will never stop
Your ship has been seized. You will be staying with us!
You have been kidnapped! I am forcing you to work on our ships!!
Because the US was mad at the Barbary Coast for holding their sailors up for ransom, they launched attacks on Tripoli. When the ship "Philadelphia" was being attacked, the captain, Stephen Decatur decided to lead a raiding party into the Tripoli harbor and set the ship afire.
Fear not! We shall set the ship afire!!!
The British were not the only kidnappers. Pirates of the Barbary Coast preyed on ships in the Mediterranean Sea. The pirates seized the ships and held them up for ransom.